genial

If you're friendly and outgoing, you're genial. You can be a genial host or a genial guest.

This is mainly a word for pleasant kindness. Besides people or animals, climates and weather can be genial, which means they too are warm and sunny — good for growing things. In older literature, genial might have something to do with marriage and family, and sometimes brilliance, as in genius. Those uses are very rare nowadays, as is the sense of genial as having to do with the jaw. These days, warmth and friendliness are the main meanings.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: genial

1
adj
diffusing warmth and friendliness
2
adj
of or relating to the chin or median part of the lower jaw
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: genial
1

adj diffusing warmth and friendliness

“a genial host”
Synonyms:
affable, amiable, cordial
friendly
characteristic of or befitting a friend

adj agreeable, conducive to comfort

“the genial sunshine”
Synonyms:
kind
hospitable
favorable to life and growth
2

adj of or relating to the chin or median part of the lower jaw

Synonyms:
mental

WORD FORMS

adj
diffusing warmth and friendliness
1 genial
adj
of or relating to the chin or median part of the lower jaw
2 genial
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