A jolly tune.
Had a jolly time.
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.
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.
However you get your jollies is fine with me.
- to have fun or get pleasure; often, specif., from that which is cheap or disreputable
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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.
- 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.