[jol-ee] /ˈdʒɒl i/
adjective, jollier, jolliest.
in good spirits; gay; merry:
In a moment he was as jolly as ever.
cheerfully festive or convivial:
a jolly party.
Christmas is a jolly season.
Chiefly British Informal. delightful; charming.
verb (used with object), jollied, jollying.
Informal. to talk or act agreeably to (a person) in order to keep that person in good humor, especially in the hope of gaining something (usually followed by along):
They jollied him along until the job was done.
verb (used without object), jollied, jollying.
Informal. to jolly a person; josh; kid.
noun, plural jollies.
Informal. the practice or an instance of jollying a person.
Usually, jollies. Informal. pleasurable excitement, especially from or as if from something forbidden or improper; thrills; kicks:
He gets his jollies from watching horror movies.
British Informal. extremely; very:
He’ll jolly well do as he’s told.
adjective -lier, -liest
full of good humour; jovial
having or provoking gaiety and merrymaking; festive
greatly enjoyable; pleasing
(Brit) (intensifier): you’re jolly nice
verb (transitive) (informal) -lies, -lying, -lied
often foll by up or along. to try to make or keep (someone) cheerful
to make goodnatured fun of
(informal, mainly Brit) a festivity or celebration
(informal, mainly Brit) a trip, esp one made for pleasure by a public official or committee at public expense
(Brit, slang) a Royal Marine
c.1300 (late 13c. as a surname), from Old French jolif “festive, merry, amorous, pretty” (12c.) of uncertain origin (cf. Italian giulivo “merry, pleasant”).
Perhaps a Germanic loan-word from a source akin to Old Norse jol “a winter feast” (see yule), or from Latin gaudere “to rejoice,” from PIE *gau- “to rejoice” (see joy). For loss of -f, cf. tardy, hasty. Related: Jollily; jolliness.
Pleasure and gratification; thrills, esp when somewhat disreputable; bang, kicks: People that drive Buicks are getting some kind of jollies (1957+)
get one’s cookies
To cajole with humor and bonhomie: I was pretty upset, but she jollied me along/ We jollied her into coming along with us (1876+)
[joh-lee-et, joh-lee-et; French zhaw-lyey] /ˌdʒoʊ liˈɛt, ˈdʒoʊ liˌɛt; French ʒɔˈlyeɪ/ noun 1. Louis [loo-ee;; French lwee] /ˈlu i;; French lwi/ (Show IPA), 1645–1700, French-Canadian explorer, born in Quebec. /French ʒɔljɛ/ noun 1. Louis. 1645–1700, French-Canadian explorer, with Jaques Marquette, of the Mississippi river
[jol-uh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌdʒɒl ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/ noun 1. merrymaking; festivity. /ˌdʒɒlɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/ noun 1. a merry festivity n. “merrymaking,” 1809, American English, from jolly + -fication. Shortened form jolly led to phrase get (one’s) jollies “have fun” (1957).
[jol-ee] /ˈdʒɒl i/ adjective, jollier, jolliest. 1. in good spirits; gay; merry: In a moment he was as jolly as ever. 2. cheerfully festive or convivial: a jolly party. 3. joyous; happy: Christmas is a jolly season. 4. Chiefly British Informal. delightful; charming. 5. British. verb (used with object), jollied, jollying. 6. Informal. to talk […]
[jol-uh-fahy] /ˈdʒɒl əˌfaɪ/ verb (used with or without object), jollified, jollifying. 1. to make or become or merry. /ˈdʒɒlɪˌfaɪ/ verb -fies, -fying, -fied 1. to be or cause to be jolly v. 1824, back-formation from jollification. Related: Jollified; jollifying.