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jolly

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adjective jol·ly \ˈjä-lē\

Simple Definition of jolly

  • : full of happiness and joy : happy and cheerful

  • : very pleasant or enjoyable

Full Definition of jolly

jol·li·erjol·li·est

  1. 1 a (1) :  full of high spirits :  joyous (2) :  given to conviviality :  jovial b :  expressing, suggesting, or inspiring gaiety :  cheerful

  2. 2 :  extremely pleasant or agreeable :  splendid

Examples of jolly

  1. Our boss was a very jolly man, always laughing.

  2. She had a jolly time at the party.



Origin of jolly

Middle English joli, from Anglo-French jolif, from jol-, probably from Old Norse jōl midwinter festival — more at yule


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of jolly

merry, blithe, jocund, jovial, jolly mean showing high spirits or lightheartedness. merry suggests cheerful, joyous, uninhibited enjoyment of frolic or festivity <a merry group of revelers>. blithe suggests carefree, innocent, or even heedless gaiety <arrived late in his usual blithe way>. jocund stresses elation and exhilaration of spirits <singing, dancing, and jocund feasting>. jovial suggests the stimulation of conviviality and good fellowship <dinner put them in a jovial mood>. jolly suggests high spirits expressed in laughing, bantering, and jesting <our jolly host enlivened the party>.

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jolly

adverb jol·ly

Simple Definition of jolly

  • : very or extremely

Full Definition of jolly

  1. :  very <would … do as they were jolly well told — John Stockbridge>

Examples of jolly

  1. I've finished my assignment. Jolly good!

  2. She learned to be jolly careful in his presence.



1549

First Known Use of jolly

1549


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jolly

verb jol·ly

Definition of jolly

jol·liedjol·ly·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to engage in good-natured banter

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to put or try to put in good humor especially to gain an end



Examples of jolly

  1. <spent their nights around the campfire good-naturedly jollying and telling scary stories>



1610

First Known Use of jolly

1610


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jolly

noun jol·ly

Definition of jolly

plural jollies

  1. 1 chiefly British :  a good time :  jollification

  2. 2 plural :  kicks <get their jollies by reenacting famous murders — H. F. Waters>



1905

First Known Use of jolly

1905




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