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.''
--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.

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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