What does the word jovial mean?

Usage examples for jovial

  1. " Stop pinching my arm," cried the major, who was in one of his jovial moods, and often immensely enjoyed teasing his daughter. – His Sombre Rivals by E. P. Roe
  2. But why had that fat, jovial man killed himself? – Cost of Living by Robert Sheckley
  3. Solemn- blessed, if you will- but no, not jovial. – Nancy A Novel by Rhoda Broughton