- The definition of jolly is someone happy or cheerful, or someone or something that is lively and entertaining.
- A cheerful Santa Clause figure is an example of someone who would be described as jolly.
- A fun night at the pub is an example of something that might be described as a jolly time.
- To jolly is defined as to prod someone along or encourage something or someone in a friendly way, or to make something more cheerful and fun.
- When you use a good-natured and cheerful voice to prod guests at a party to move from one room to another, this is an example of a time when you jolly them along.
- When you put on music at a dull party to make it more fun and cheerful, this is an example of a time when youjolly.
A group of jolly kids.
jolly definition by Webster's New World
- full of high spirits and good humor; merry
- Informal enjoyable; pleasant
Origin: Middle English joli ; from Old French probably ; from Old Norse jol, yule
jolly definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective jol·li·er, jol·li·est
- Full of good humor and high spirits.
- Exhibiting or occasioning happiness or mirth; cheerful: a jolly tune.
- Greatly pleasing; enjoyable: had a jolly time.
- Chiefly British A good or festive time.
- jollies Slang Amusement; kicks: However you get your jollies is fine with me.
Origin: Middle English joli, from Old French, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.
- jolˈli·ly adverb
- jolˈli·ness noun
jolly - Phrases/Idioms
get one's jollies