Definitions for jollyˈdʒɒl i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

jol•lyˈdʒɒl i(adj.)-li•er, -li•est

  1. (adj.)being in good spirits; merry.

  2. cheerfully festive:

    a jolly party.

  3. delightful; charming.

    Category: British

  4. (v.t.)to try to keep (a person) in good humor, esp. to gain a desired end (usu. fol. by along).

  5. to tease, esp. good-naturedly.

  6. (n.)Usu., jollies.Informal. pleasurable excitement; kicks; fun.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

  7. (adv.)Brit. very:

    jolly good.

    Category: British

Origin of jolly:

1275–1325; ME joli, jolif < OF, =jol- (prob. < ON jōl; see yule ) +-if -ive


Princeton's WordNet

  1. jolly(noun)

    a happy party

  2. jolly boat, jolly(adj)

    a yawl used by a ship's sailors for general work

  3. gay, jocund, jolly, jovial, merry, mirthful(verb)

    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"

  4. kid, chaff, jolly, josh, banter(adverb)

    be silly or tease one another

    "After we relaxed, we just kidded around"

  5. reasonably, moderately, pretty, jolly, somewhat, fairly, middling, passably(adverb)

    to a moderately sufficient extent or degree

    "pretty big"; "pretty bad"; "jolly decent of him"; "the shoes are priced reasonably"; "he is fairly clever with computers"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. jolly(adjective)ˈdʒɒl i

    cheerful and smiling

    a big jolly man

  2. jolly(adverb)ˈdʒɒl i


    a jolly good film


  1. jolly(Noun)

    a pleasure trip or excursion

  2. jolly(Verb)

    To amuse or divert.

  3. jolly(Adverb)

    very, extremely

  4. jolly(Adjective)

    Full of high and merry spirits; jovial.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jolly

    full of life and mirth; jovial; joyous; merry; mirthful

  2. Jolly

    expressing mirth, or inspiring it; exciting mirth and gayety

  3. Jolly

    of fine appearance; handsome; excellent; lively; agreeable; pleasant

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. JOLLY

    v. t., To "con" or "josh." JOLLY BOAT The Ship of State.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'jolly' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4059

Translations for jolly

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


merry and cheerful

He's in quite a jolly mood today.

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