Since last night I've been with these infantry boy-officers who are doing such great work in such a careless spirit of jolliness.
A holiday's when you all have play and treats and jolliness, all of you together.
These new feelings did not affect his general attitude toward life: they merely confirmed his faith in its ultimate "jolliness."
The jolliness of the little group communicated itself to the rest of the promenade deck.
I always thought as adventures was jolly; but that didn't seem to me to have no jolliness about it, not when we was out there.
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.
To cajole with humor and bonhomie: I was pretty upset, but she jollied me along/ We jollied her into coming along with us (1876+)