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jollify

[jol-uh-fahy]
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verb (used with or without object), jol·li·fied, jol·li·fy·ing.
  1. to make or become jolly or merry.

Origin of jollify

First recorded in 1815–25; jolly + -fy
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Examples from the Web for jollify

Historical Examples

  • To-night you may jollify; but after that you are under strict discipline, for a month at least.

    Mary Anerley

    R. D. Blackmore

  • We met at the Corners last nite to jollify over the brave acts uv our Memphis frends, and I wuz the speeker.

    Swingin Round the Cirkle.

    Petroleum V. Nasby


British Dictionary definitions for jollify

jollify

verb -fies, -fying or -fied
  1. to be or cause to be jolly
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Word Origin and History for jollify

v.

1824, back-formation from jollification. Related: Jollified; jollifying.

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