(comparative jollier, superlative jolliest)
- Full of high and merry spirits; jovial.
(comparative more jolly, superlative most jolly)
- (UK, dated) very, extremely
(third-person singular simple present jollies, present participle jollying, simple past and past participle jollied)
- To amuse or divert.
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.