Jolly definition

jŏlē
(informal) Enjoyable; pleasant.
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Full of good humor and high spirits.
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(brit., informal) Very; altogether.
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Exhibiting or occasioning happiness or mirth; cheerful.

A jolly tune.

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Greatly pleasing; enjoyable.

Had a jolly time.

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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 you jolly.

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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.

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To amuse oneself with humorous banter.
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(chiefly british) A good or festive time.
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(slang) Amusement; kicks.

However you get your jollies is fine with me.

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Full of high spirits and good humor; merry.
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To try to make (a person) feel good or agreeable, as by coaxing or flattering.
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(brit., informal) A British marine.
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Full of high and merry spirits; jovial.
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(UK) A pleasure trip or excursion.
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(UK, dated) Very, extremely.
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To amuse or divert.
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A female given name.
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A surname​.
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To keep amused or diverted for one's own purposes; humor.
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To a great extent or degree; extremely.
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get one's jollies
  • to have fun or get pleasure; often, specif., from that which is cheap or disreputable
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
jolly
Plural:
jollies

Adjective

Base Form:
jolly
Comparative:
jollier
Superlative:
jolliest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of jolly

  • Middle English joli from Old French perhaps of Scandinavian origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Cognate to French name, Jolie. It derives from the Old French word, joli (merriness).

    From Wiktionary

  • In Punjab (India) it is a corruption of the word jalli.

    From Wiktionary