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1jolly

adjective jol·ly \ˈjä-lē\

: full of happiness and joy : happy and cheerful

: very pleasant or enjoyable

jol·li·erjol·li·est

Full Definition of JOLLY

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

Related to JOLLY

Synonyms
blithesome, festive, gay, gleeful, jocose, jocular, jocund, merry, jovial, laughing, mirthful, sunny
Antonyms
disagreeable, pleasureless, unpalatable, unpleasant, unwelcome

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>.

2jolly

adverb

: very or extremely

Full Definition of JOLLY

:  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.

First Known Use of JOLLY

1549

Rhymes with JOLLY

3jolly

verb
jol·liedjol·ly·ing

Definition of JOLLY

intransitive verb
:  to engage in good-natured banter
transitive verb
:  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>

First Known Use of JOLLY

1610

4jolly

noun
plural jollies

Definition of JOLLY

1
chiefly British :  a good time :  jollification
2
plural :  kicks <get their jollies by reenacting famous murders — H. F. Waters>

First Known Use of JOLLY

1905
JOLLIED Defined for Kids

1jolly

adjective jol·ly \ˈjä-lē\
jol·li·erjol·li·est

Definition of JOLLY for Kids

:  full of fun or joy

2jolly

adverb

Definition of JOLLY for Kids

:  1very 1 <We had a jolly good time.>

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