- 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.
- full of high spirits and good humor; merry
- Informal enjoyable; pleasant
Origin of jollyMiddle English joli ; from Old French probably ; from Old Norse jol, yule
intransitive verbjollied, jollying
get one's jollies
- Full of good humor and high spirits.
- Exhibiting or occasioning happiness or mirth; cheerful: a jolly tune.
- Greatly pleasing; enjoyable: had a jolly time.
verbjol·lied, jol·ly·ing, jol·lies
- Chiefly British A good or festive time.
- jollies Slang Amusement; kicks: However you get your jollies is fine with me.
Origin of jollyMiddle English joli, from Old French, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.
(comparative jollier, superlative jolliest)
- Full of high and merry spirits; jovial.
- (UK) a pleasure trip or excursion
(third-person singular simple present jollies, present participle jollying, simple past and past participle jollied)
From Middle English joli, jolif (“merry, cheerful”), from Old French joli, jolif It is uncertain whether the Old French word is from Old Norse jól (“a midwinter feast”) (more at yule), in which case, equivalent to yule + -ive; or ultimately from Latin gaudere (more at joy). For the loss of final -f in English compare tardy, hasty, hussy, etc.
- Cognate to French name, Jolie. It derives from the Old French word, joli (merriness).
- In Punjab (India) it is a corruption of the word jalli.