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jovial

Use jovial to describe people who show good humor and are full of joy. Santa Claus, with his constant "ho-ho-hoing" is a jovial figure.

Jocose and jocular are similar words, but they refer more to things that actually cause laughter. Jovial is derived from the Late Latin Iovialis, "relating to Jupiter" — the ancient Roman god of the sky. In astrology, people born under the sign of Jupiter are said to be joyful.

Definitions of jovial
  1. adjective
    full of or showing high-spirited merriment
    “a jovial old gentleman”
    synonyms: gay, jocund, jolly, merry, mirthful
    joyous
    full of or characterized by joy
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