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jolly

[jol-ee]
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.
a.
Informal. great; thorough: a jolly blunderer.
b.
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

jollily, adverb
jolliness, noun
unjolly, adjective


1–3. glad, spirited, jovial, sportive, playful. See gay.


1–3. gloomy, melancholy.
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jolly (ˈdʒɒlɪ)
 
adj , -lier, -liest
1.  full of good humour; jovial
2.  having or provoking gaiety and merrymaking; festive
3.  greatly enjoyable; pleasing
 
adv
4.  (Brit) (intensifier): you're jolly nice
 
vb (often foll by up or along) , -lier, -liest, -lies, -lying, -lied
5.  to try to make or keep (someone) cheerful
6.  to make goodnatured fun of
 
n
7.  informal chiefly (Brit) a festivity or celebration
8.  informal chiefly (Brit) a trip, esp one made for pleasure by a public official or committee at public expense
9.  slang (Brit) a Royal Marine
 
[C14: from Old French jolif, probably from Old Norse jōlyule]
 
'jolliness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

jolly
c.1300, from O.Fr. jolif "festive, merry, amorous, pretty" of uncertain origin (cf. It. giulivo "merry, pleasant"), perhaps a Gmc. loan-word from a source akin to O.N. jol "a winter feast" (see yule), or from L. gaudere "to rejoice." Jollification "merrymaking" is from 1809;
shortened form jolly led to phrase get (one's) jollies "have fun" (1957). A jolly boat (1727) is probably from Dan. jolle (17c.) or Du. jol (1680s), both related to yawl (q.v.); or it may be from M.E. jolywat (late 15c.) "a ship's small boat," of unknown origin.
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