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Meaning of JOLLY

Pronunciation:  'jâlee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a yawl used by a ship's sailors for general work
  2. [n]  (British) a happy party
  3. [adv]  intensifier, as in"pretty big"; "pretty bad"; (`jolly' is used informally in Britain as in"jolly decent of him")
  4. [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"
  5. [v]  be silly or tease one another; "After we relaxed, we just kidded around"

JOLLY is a 5 letter word that starts with J.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \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.
  3. \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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