noun jol·li·ness \-lēnə̇s, -lin-\

Definition of jolliness



  1. :  the quality or state of being jolly could not wholly eradicate that inherent English jolliness — Roy Lewis & Angus Maude

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Origin and Etymology of jolliness

Middle English jolifnesse, jolynesse, from jolif, joly + -nesse -ness

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to criticize severely

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