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  • She walked in with a jovial smile.
  • She is a jovial old woman.
  • Three women come strolling along the bank. ... Although the water is cold we are very jovial and do our best to interest them so that they will stay.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • As she drew near, the sound of ... jovial laughter, grew louder and more distinct.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel

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  • He smiled with jovial condescension, and added: "Some sensation!" Whereupon everybody laughed.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • "Once again, Thomas gives us a cheerful pep talk," Frypan announced; he tried to sound jovial, but it came out more like a spiteful rub.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • And jovial: We share a parking lot with the local bowling alley, and when our door swings wide, the clatter of strikes applauds the customer’s entrance.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • "I like your costume," he said jovially.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • Gavril asked jovially.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • I watched the boys roll up their pant legs and slide off their dress shoes, pushing one another jovially.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir

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  • …delight assisting infants’ growth and famously inspire confidence in immature catfish, giving experience (and joy even); however, blowfish jeer insightful garfish, disparaging inappropriately, doing damage, even insulting benevolent, charming, jovial garfish, hurting and frustrating deeply; joy fades but hurt feelings bring just grief; inevitable irritation hastens feeling blue; however, jovial children declare happiness, blowfishes’ evil causes dejection, blues accordingly, always…
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • "It’s Kim!" she said with forced joviality.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • A jovial middle-aged woman briefed us on the dos and don’ts of outfits for job interviews, then asked for volunteers.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • After an hour or two of anxious talk, he relaxed a bit and seemed to return to the jovial Walter I’d come to know.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Hours later, the common room had a warm, jovial feel to it.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I had long suspected he was medicating the commander, though certainly not against the man’s will, as one sometimes saw them talking in the evenings on the veranda of the hut, the colonel’s demeanor familiar and jovial, if a bit too loose.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • A burst of jovial, tittering laughter split through the awkwardness.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • The man’s voice held a kind of forced joviality to it.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Yeste was fat and jovial and one of the richest and most honored men in the city.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • "Splendid effort," commented the Humbug jovially; "exactly the way I would have done it myself" ’And now may we go?" added Tock.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • When we caught up with them, it was obvious that the jovial mask T.J. always wore had been stripped away.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Instead of loud, lively chatter and jovial laughter, their conversation was all hushed whispers.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • She could not possibly recognize the face, which was middle-aged, jovial, fair, very German, attractive—no, it was more than attractive, it made her melt with desire.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He says this jovially, skewering a potato.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Then His Grace caught my eye on him, and smiled jovially at me, his expression saying "Worth a try, eh?"
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • "Hello, Wilson, old man," said Tom, slapping him jovially on the shoulder.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • The battalion commander perceived the jovial irony and laughed.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • "I’d go with you," the boy said in a far too jovial voice, "but I don’t wanna die a gruesome death."
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Francon leaned jovially across his desk and handed to Keating the August issue of New Frontiers.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • He acknowledged it with a jovial wave of his hand.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • A smart, jovial ex–football player and prelaw student, built like a side of beef, Cuppernell got along with everyone, dispensing wisecracks through teeth clenched around a gnawed-up cigar.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Portly and ruby-faced, Sir Leigh Teabing had bushy red hair and jovial hazel eyes that seemed to twinkle as he spoke.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Mariam thought of Jalil, of the emphatic, jovial way in which he’d pushed his jewelry at her, the overpowering cheerfulness that left room for no response but meek gratitude.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • "So you pronounce one person at least innocent of the crime," said M. Bouc jovially.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • He greeted Milo jovially each time they met and, in an excess of contrite generosity, impulsively recommended Major Major for promotion.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • He threw a pine cone at a jovial squirrel, and he ran with chattering fear.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Uncle Vernon now came in, smiling jovially as he shut the door.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • "Mr. Galt!" cried the leader with the sound of an enormous joviality.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The harbour was a dancing thing, with fluttering paper boats, and the sailors on the quay were jovial, smiling fellows, merry as the wind.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • Come on; Gently my lord, sleek o’er your rugged looks; Be bright and jovial ’mong your guests to-night.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • He wanders around the crowded room, tasting hors d’oeuvres, sipping wine, looking jovially bewildered, and occasionally Pari has to swoop in and steal him away from a group of mathematicians before he opines on 3-manifolds and Diophantine approximations.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • What jovial fellows!
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • He became suddenly more jovial.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • As I strolled up and down, glancing at them occasionally, Mr. Rucastle came out to me, looking as merry and jovial as ever.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • I noticed that Mr. Pumblechook in his hospitality appeared to forget that he had made a present of the wine, but took the bottle from Mrs. Joe and had all the credit of handing it about in a gush of joviality.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • The captain pinched her arm, a little bit with joviality, a little bit with meanness to get her to look at him.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • He was almost jovial now.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • I will be jovial: come, come, I am a king, My masters, know you that.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • Even in this early stage of the jovial mood, it was natural that he should wish to supply his son’s deficiencies by looking and speaking for him.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • Two floors up he met Seamus and Dean, who hailed him jovially and told him they were planning a dusk-till-dawn end-of-exams celebration in the common room.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
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