[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
late 14c., from jolly + -ness.
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.
To cajole with humor and bonhomie: I was pretty upset, but she jollied me along/ We jollied her into coming along with us (1876+)
[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.
[jol-i-tee] /ˈdʒɒl ɪ ti/ noun, plural jollities. 1. or merry mood, condition, or activity; gaiety. 2. jollities, festivities. /ˈdʒɒlɪtɪz/ plural noun 1. (Brit) a party or celebration /ˈdʒɒlɪtɪ/ noun (pl) -ties 1. the condition of being jolly n. c.1300, jolyfte, iolite, from Old French jolivete “gaity, cheerfulness; amorous passion; life of pleasure,” from jolif (see […]
[jol-i-tee] /ˈdʒɒl ɪ ti/ noun, plural jollities. 1. or merry mood, condition, or activity; gaiety. 2. jollities, festivities. /ˈdʒɒlɪtɪ/ noun (pl) -ties 1. the condition of being jolly n. c.1300, jolyfte, iolite, from Old French jolivete “gaity, cheerfulness; amorous passion; life of pleasure,” from jolif (see jolly).
/ˈdʒɒləp/ noun 1. (Brit, informal) a cream or unguent