jolly well

Definition of jolly well

British, informal + old-fashioned
used to emphasize anger, annoyance, or disapproval
  • I'm your father and you'll jolly well do as you're told!

Word by Word Definitions

jolly play
  1. : full of high spirits : joyous

  2. : given to conviviality : jovial

  3. : expressing, suggesting, or inspiring lively happiness and good cheer : cheerful

  1. : very

  1. : a good time : jollification

  2. : kicks

  1. : to engage in good-natured banter

  2. : to put or try to put in good humor especially to gain an end

well play
  1. : an issue of water from the earth : a pool fed by a spring

  2. : source, origin

  3. : a pit or hole sunk into the earth to reach a supply of water

  1. : to rise to the surface and usually flow forth

  2. : to rise like a flood of liquid

  3. : to emit in a copious free flow

  1. : in a good or proper manner : justly, rightly

  2. : satisfactorily with respect to conduct or action

  3. : in a kindly or friendly manner

  1. used to indicate resumption of discourse or to introduce a remark

  2. used to express surprise or expostulation

  1. : prosperous, well-off

  2. : being in satisfactory condition or circumstances

  3. : being in good standing or favor


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