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jollier

[jol-ee-er] /ˈdʒɒl i ər/
noun
1.
a person who jollies, especially a person who uses teasing flattery in order to gain a desired aim.
Origin of jollier
1895-1900
An Americanism dating back to 1895-1900; jolly + -er1

jolly

[jol-ee] /ˈdʒɒl i/
adjective, jollier, jolliest.
1.
in good spirits; lively; merry:
In a moment he was as jolly as ever.
2.
cheerfully festive or convivial:
a jolly party.
3.
joyous; happy:
Christmas is a jolly season.
4.
Chiefly British Informal. delightful; charming.
5.
British.
  1. Informal. great; thorough:
    a jolly blunderer.
  2. Slang. slightly drunk; tipsy.
verb (used with object), jollied, jollying.
6.
Informal. to talk or act agreeably to (a person) in order to keep that person in good humor, especially in the hope of gaining something (usually followed by along):
They jollied him along until the job was done.
verb (used without object), jollied, jollying.
7.
Informal. to jolly a person; josh; kid.
noun, plural jollies.
8.
Informal. the practice or an instance of jollying a person.
9.
Usually, jollies. Informal. pleasurable excitement, especially from or as if from something forbidden or improper; thrills; kicks:
He gets his jollies from watching horror movies.
adverb
10.
British Informal. extremely; very:
He'll jolly well do as he's told.
Origin
1275-1325; Middle English joli, jolif < Old French, equivalent to jol- (probably < Old Norse jōl yule) + -if -ive
Related forms
jollily, adverb
jolliness, noun
unjolly, adjective
Synonyms
1–3. glad, spirited, jovial, sportive, playful.
Antonyms
1–3. gloomy, melancholy.
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Examples from the Web for jollier
Historical Examples
  • It's a jollier walk, and the blackberries are bigger and better.

  • But that only made it all the jollier in the warm, bright rooms, full of happy souls.

    Eight Cousins Louisa M. Alcott
  • She's all very well, but it's jollier when we're alone, Luce.

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann
  • He thought he had never seen a jollier animal of the human tribe than that.

    The Pools of Silence H. de Vere Stacpoole
  • There was no jollier, dustier, busier, happier miller in all the land than he.

    Sixes and Sevens

    O. Henry
  • The author does not ask for a jollier person to be in the house with.

    New Treasure Seekers

    E. (Edith) Nesbit
  • Did I ever have jollier days with anybody or love anybody better?

    Miss Eden's Letters Emily Eden
  • One does not need to be a raw "jollier" in order to be polite.

    The Psychology of Salesmanship

    William Walker Atkinson
  • Everybody was happier then, and jollier too, though we do tear about so to try and get amused.

  • Give him something noisy; and if a trifle low, so much the jollier.

    Three Men in a Boat Jerome K. Jerome
British Dictionary definitions for jollier

jolly

/ˈdʒɒlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
full of good humour; jovial
2.
having or provoking gaiety and merrymaking; festive
3.
greatly enjoyable; pleasing
adverb
4.
(Brit) (intensifier): you're jolly nice
verb (transitive) (informal) -lies, -lying, -lied
5.
often foll by up or along. to try to make or keep (someone) cheerful
6.
to make goodnatured fun of
noun
7.
(informal, mainly Brit) a festivity or celebration
8.
(informal, mainly Brit) a trip, esp one made for pleasure by a public official or committee at public expense
9.
(Brit, slang) a Royal Marine
Derived Forms
jolliness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French jolif, probably from Old Norse jōlyule
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Word Origin and History for jollier

jolly

adj.

c.1300 (late 13c. as a surname), from Old French jolif "festive, merry, amorous, pretty" (12c.) of uncertain origin (cf. Italian giulivo "merry, pleasant").

Perhaps a Germanic loan-word from a source akin to Old Norse jol "a winter feast" (see yule), or from Latin gaudere "to rejoice," from PIE *gau- "to rejoice" (see joy). For loss of -f, cf. tardy, hasty. Related: Jollily; jolliness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for jollier

jolly

verb

To cajole with humor and bonhomie: I was pretty upset, but she jollied me along/ We jollied her into coming along with us (1876+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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