(UK, dated) Very, extremely.
(UK) A pleasure trip or excursion.
- to have fun or get pleasure; often, specif., from that which is cheap or disreputable
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Origin of Jolly
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).
Middle English joli from Old French perhaps of Scandinavian origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
In Punjab (India) it is a corruption of the word jalli.
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