Dictionary: A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   X   Y   Z


[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.
joyous; happy:
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.


To cajole with humor and bonhomie: I was pretty upset, but she jollied me along/ We jollied her into coming along with us (1876+)


Read Also:

  • Jolly-balance

    [jol-ee, yol-ee] /ˈdʒɒl i, ˈyɒl i/ noun 1. a spring balance used for determining the density of a sample by comparison of its weight in air and water.

  • Jolly-boat

    noun 1. a light boat carried at the stern of a sailing vessel. 2. a small pleasure sailboat for use in sheltered waters. noun 1. a small boat used as a utility tender for a vessel 2. a small sailing boat used for pleasure n. 1727, of unknown origin, probably from Danish jolle (17c.) or […]

  • Jolly-jumper

    noun, Nautical. 1. any light sail set above a skysail; flying kite. noun 1. trademark (Canadian) a type of fixed sprung baby harness in which an infant may be placed and allowed to bounce up and down for exercise

  • Jolly-roger

    [roj-er] /ˈrɒdʒ ər/ noun 1. a flag flown by pirates, having the device of a white skull and crossbones on a black field. noun 1. the traditional pirate flag, consisting of a white skull and crossbones on a black field A black flag with a white skull and crossbones, flown in past centuries by pirate […]

Disclaimer: Jolly definition / meaning should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. All content on this website is for informational purposes only.