Definitions for: 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"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.''

2. Expressing mirth, or inspiring it; exciting mirth and

And with his jolly pipe delights the groves.

Their jolly notes they chanted loud and clear.

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.

The coachman is swelled into jolly dimensions. --W.

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

At noon we lunched at the tail of the ambulance, and
gently ``jollied'' the doctor's topography. --F.

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.

Synonyms: banter, chaff, gay, jocund, jolly boat, josh, jovial, joyous, kid, merry, mirthful, pretty

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

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Famous Quotes Containing Jolly:

The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.

-- George Carlin (American Comedian)

A lot of people stop short. They don't actually die but they say, 'Right I'm old, and I'm going to retire,' and then they dwindle into nothing. They go off to Florida and become jolly boring.

-- Mary Wesley (British Novelist)

Well, my deliberate opinion is - it's a jolly strange world.

-- Arnold Bennett (English Novelist)

They can certainly expect to be very impressed with the technical aspects of the show, fooled and led up the garden path by the story and ultimately have a jolly good laugh!

-- Louise Jameson (British Actress)

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.

-- C. S. Lewis ( Author)

A film based on a jolly good John Grisham book is fine, but I like to get a bit under the skin.

-- Charlotte Rampling (French Actress)

It was jolly in the country. A cow and little pigs to play with and milk warm from the cow.

-- Georg Brandes (Danish Critic)

The first term of the Clinton administration was very jolly. Everybody was running around meeting people and of course, in the second term, everyone went down the black hole, which also happened at the end of the Reagan administration.

-- Sally Quinn (American Journalist)

There, in the chords and melodies, is everything I want to say. The words just jolly it along. It's always been my way of expressing what for me is inexpressible by any other means.

-- David Bowie (English Musician)

They're very, uh, you know, I don't come from the suburbs and a jolly, Disney type of lifestyle. I come from something totally different. And they're cool and bare minimum so it's not always a money issue for me.

-- Shia LaBeouf (American Actor)

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