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[jeen-yuh l, jee-nee-uh l] /ˈdʒin yəl, ˈdʒi ni əl/
warmly and pleasantly cheerful; cordial:
a genial disposition; a genial host.
favorable for life, growth, or comfort; pleasantly warm; comfortably mild:
the genial climate of Hawaii.
characterized by genius.
Origin of genial1
1560-70; < Latin geniālis festive, jovial, pleasant, equivalent to geni(us) tutelary deity, the spirit of social enjoyment + -ālis -al1
Related forms
genially, adverb
[jee-nee-al-i-tee] /ˌdʒi niˈæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
genialness, noun
overgeniality, noun
1. friendly, hearty, pleasant, agreeable. Unabridged
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  • "No, I'm just down for a few days," replied Hanson genially.

    The Black Pearl Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
  • "Pay for the call out of that, miss, and keep the change," he said genially.

    Sundry Accounts Irvin S. Cobb
  • No poetry was over more human than Chaucer's, none ever came more frankly and genially home to men than his "Canterbury Tales."

  • "Well, you will not suffer on that account," announced Tomlinson genially.

  • This time he was older and stouter, and somewhat tired in his aspect, but every whit as genially persuasive.

    The Shoulders of Atlas Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • “Only the first round ended, looks like, Bandy,” Dud said genially.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • "Then you can think yourself a prince," said the squire, genially.

    Five Hundred Dollars Horatio Alger
  • "You won't need to prove that you're a doctor, sir," he said genially.

    The Blue Germ Martin Swayne
British Dictionary definitions for genially


/ˈdʒiːnjəl; -nɪəl/
cheerful, easy-going, and warm in manner or behaviour
pleasantly warm, so as to give life, growth, or health: the genial sunshine
Derived Forms
geniality (ˌdʒiːnɪˈælɪtɪ), genialness, noun
genially, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin geniālis relating to birth or marriage, from genius tutelary deity; see genius


(anatomy) of or relating to the chin
Word Origin
C19: from Greek geneion, from genus jaw
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Contemporary definitions for genially

pertaining to the chin

Word Origin

Greek geneion 'chin''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for genially



1560s, "pertaining to marriage," from Latin genialis "pleasant, festive," literally "pertaining to marriage rites," from genius "guardian spirit" (see genius). Originally used in the Latin literal sense; meaning "cheerful, friendly" first recorded 1746. Related: Genially.

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genially in Medicine

genial ge·ni·al (jĭ-nī'əl) or ge·ni·an (-ən)
Of or relating to the chin.

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