friendly and cheerfulsynonymaffablea genial persona genial smileSee related entries:FriendlyWord Originmid 16th cent.: from Latingenialis
, from genius
‘attendant spirit present from one's birth, innate ability or inclination’
, from the root of gignere
. The Latin sense was adopted into English; hence the senses ‘mild and conducive to growth’ (mid 17th cent.), later ‘cheerful, kindly’ (mid 18th cent.).Extra examplesHe seemed genial enough.Her manner was quite genial.The fierce old man suddenly looked almost genial.a very genial manGraham was a genial and modest host.He was a sweet old gentleman with white hair and a genial smile.