- An example of genial used as an adjective is a genial person which means a very friendly person.
- An example of genial used as an adjective is genial soil which means soil good for growing plants.
The definition of genial is warm, cheerful, good for life or comfort.
- Obs. of marriage or procreation
- promoting life and growth; pleasantly warm, mild, and healthful: a genial climate
- cheerful, friendly, and sympathetic; amiable
- Rare of or characterized by genius
Origin of genialClassical Latin genialis, of generation or birth from genius, guardian deity: see genius
having to do with the chin
Origin of genialfrom Classical Greek geneion, a chin ( from genys, a jaw: see chin) + -al
- Having a pleasant or friendly disposition or manner: a genial guest.
- Conducive to life, growth, or comfort; mild: “the genial sunshine … saturating his miserable body with its warmth” ( Jack London )
- Archaic Relating to or marked by genius.
- Archaic Of or relating to marriage; nuptial.
Origin of genialLatin geniālis festive from genius spirit of festivity ; see genə- in Indo-European roots.
- ge′ni·al′i·ty gen′ial·ness
Of or relating to the chin.
Origin of genialFrom Greek geneion chin from genus jaw ; see genu-2 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more genial, superlative most genial)
OriginSee also: génial