If you buy a picture book of that poem, the illustrations are usually of the full-size, jolly, red and white Santa Claus.
And 35 percent had no real doubts about Sink while only 26 percent had no real doubts about jolly.
I am having a jolly time,” she wrote in a postcard sent from Tangiers in 1956; “no one goes on at me about learning to read.
Politifact judged the jolly ad half-true, but in congressional campaigns, half-true is usually true enough.
All was jolly and genial between the king of late night and the pretender to the throne.
All he cared for was sport, like the jolly monk in Chaucer's Prologue.
When they heard that, jolly Robin and his wife stopped laughing.
The valentines are then read aloud and a jolly time will be the result.
“Sir Richard the Earl laughed a jolly laugh when I told him,” was his report.
Color Day, a girls affair, marked by class stunts and contests, was a jolly occasion.
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+)