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Jolly

Jolly Meaning & Definition
Jolly Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Jolly?

[n] a yawl used by a ship's sailors for general work
[n] (British) a happy party
[adv] intensifier, as in"pretty big"; "pretty bad"; (`jolly' is used informally in Britain as in"jolly decent of him")
[adj] full of or showing high-spirited merriment; "when hearts were young and gay"; "a poet could not but be gay, in such a jocund company"- Wordsworth; "the jolly crowd at the reunion"; "jolly old Saint Nick"; "a jovial old gentleman"; "have a merry Christmas"; "peals of merry laughter"; "a mirthful laugh"
[v] be silly or tease one another; "After we relaxed, we just kidded around"

Synonyms | Synonyms for Jolly: banter | chaff | gay | jocund | jolly boat | josh | jovial | joyous | kid | merry | mirthful | pretty

Related Terms | Find terms related to Jolly: addled | animated | appease | banter | beery | bemused | besotted | blandish | blarney | blind drunk | blithe | blithesome | bluejacket | boon | boot | butter | butter up | buxom | cadet | cajole | carouse | celebrate | chaff | cheerful | cheery | coltish | convivial | crapulent | crapulous | cut loose | debauch | deceive | dizzy | drenched | drunk | drunken | exuberant | far-gone | festal | festive | flustered | fool | fou | free and easy | frisky | frivolous | frogman | frolicsome | full | fun | gala | gay | get around | giddy | gladsome | gleeful | glorious | gob | hail-fellow-well-met | happy | haze | hearty | hell around | high-spirited | hilarious | hoax | honey | horse marine | humor | in liquor | inebriate | inebriated | inebrious | intoxicated | jape | jest | jive | jocose | jocular | jocund | joke | jollify | josh | jovial | joyful | joyous | jubilant | kid | kid along | lark | laughter-loving | lay it on | let go | let loose | let off steam | lighthearted | make merry | make whoopee | marine | maudlin | mellow | merry | merrymaking | midshipman | midshipmite | mirthful | mirth-loving | mischievous | muddled | nappy | naval cadet | Naval Reservist | navy man | needle | oil | on the loose | overdo it | play up to | playful | put on | rag | raise hell | rally | razz | reeling | rejoicing | revel | rib | ride | risible | roast | roguish | roister | Royal Marine | Seabee | see life | shikker | skylark | soap | sodden | soften up | soft-soap | sotted | sportive | spree | step out | string along | stroke | swabbie | tease | tiddly | tipsy | twit | under the influence | waggish | wanton | whoop it up

See Also | bait | cod | party | rag | rally | razz | ride | tantalise | tantalize | taunt | tease | twit | yawl

Jolly In Webster's Dictionary

\Jol"ly\ (j[o^]l"l[y^]), a. [Compar. {Jollier} (-l[i^]*[~e]r); superl. {Jolliest}.] [OF. joli, jolif, joyful, merry, F. joli pretty; of Scand. origin, akin to E. yule; cf. Icel. j[=o]l yule, Christmas feast. See {Yule}.] 1. Full of life and mirth; jovial; joyous; merry; mirthful. Like a jolly troop of huntsmen. --Shak. ``A jolly place,'' said he, ``in times of old! But something ails it now: the spot is cursed.'' --Wordsworth. 2. Expressing mirth, or inspiring it; exciting mirth and gayety. And with his jolly pipe delights the groves. --Prior. Their jolly notes they chanted loud and clear. --Fairfax. 3. Of fine appearance; handsome; excellent; lively; agreeable; pleasant. ``A jolly cool wind.'' --Sir T. North. [Now mostly colloq.] Full jolly knight he seemed, and fair did sit. --Spenser. The coachman is swelled into jolly dimensions. --W. Irving.
\Jol"ly\, v. t. To cause to be jolly; to make good-natured; to encourage to feel pleasant or cheerful; -- often implying an insincere or bantering spirit; hence, to poke fun at. [Colloq.] We want you to jolly them up a bit. --Brander Matthews. At noon we lunched at the tail of the ambulance, and gently ``jollied'' the doctor's topography. --F. Remington.
\Jol"ly\, n.; pl. {Jollies}. [Prob. fr. {Jolly}, a.] A marine in the English navy. [Sailor's Slang] I'm a Jolly -- 'Er Majesty's Jolly -- soldier an' sailor too! --Kipling.

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