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jollier

[jol-ee-er] /ˈdʒɒl i ər/
noun
1.
a person who jollies, especially a person who uses teasing flattery in order to gain a desired aim.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900, Americanism; jolly + -er1

jolly

[jol-ee] /ˈdʒɒl i/
adjective, jollier, jolliest.
1.
in good spirits; gay; merry:
In a moment he was as jolly as ever.
2.
cheerfully festive or convivial:
a jolly party.
3.
joyous; happy:
Christmas is a jolly season.
4.
Chiefly British Informal. delightful; charming.
5.
British.
  1. Informal. great; thorough:
    a jolly blunderer.
  2. Slang. slightly drunk; tipsy.
verb (used with object), jollied, jollying.
6.
Informal. to talk or act agreeably to (a person) in order to keep that person in good humor, especially in the hope of gaining something (usually followed by along):
They jollied him along until the job was done.
verb (used without object), jollied, jollying.
7.
Informal. to jolly a person; josh; kid.
noun, plural jollies.
8.
Informal. the practice or an instance of jollying a person.
9.
Usually, jollies. Informal. pleasurable excitement, especially from or as if from something forbidden or improper; thrills; kicks:
He gets his jollies from watching horror movies.
adverb
10.
British Informal. extremely; very:
He'll jolly well do as he's told.
Origin
1275-1325; Middle English joli, jolif < Old French, equivalent to jol- (probably < Old Norse jōl Yule) + -if -ive
Related forms
jollily, adverb
jolliness, noun
unjolly, adjective
Synonyms
1–3. glad, spirited, jovial, sportive, playful. See gay.
Antonyms
1–3. gloomy, melancholy.
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British Dictionary definitions for jollier

jolly

/ˈdʒɒlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
full of good humour; jovial
2.
having or provoking gaiety and merrymaking; festive
3.
greatly enjoyable; pleasing
adverb
4.
(Brit) (intensifier): you're jolly nice
verb (transitive) (informal) -lies, -lying, -lied
5.
often foll by up or along. to try to make or keep (someone) cheerful
6.
to make goodnatured fun of
noun
7.
(informal, mainly Brit) a festivity or celebration
8.
(informal, mainly Brit) a trip, esp one made for pleasure by a public official or committee at public expense
9.
(Brit, slang) a Royal Marine
Derived Forms
jolliness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French jolif, probably from Old Norse jōlyule
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Word Origin and History for jollier

jolly

adj.

c.1300 (late 13c. as a surname), from Old French jolif "festive, merry, amorous, pretty" (12c.) of uncertain origin (cf. Italian giulivo "merry, pleasant").

Perhaps a Germanic loan-word from a source akin to Old Norse jol "a winter feast" (see yule), or from Latin gaudere "to rejoice," from PIE *gau- "to rejoice" (see joy). For loss of -f, cf. tardy, hasty. Related: Jollily; jolliness.

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Slang definitions & phrases for jollier

jolly

verb

To cajole with humor and bonhomie: I was pretty upset, but she jollied me along/ We jollied her into coming along with us (1876+)


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