- a person who jollies, especially a person who uses teasing flattery in order to gain a desired aim.
Origin of jollier
- in good spirits; lively; merry: In a moment he was as jolly as ever.
- cheerfully festive or convivial: a jolly party.
- joyous; happy: Christmas is a jolly season.
- Chiefly British Informal. delightful; charming.
- Informal.great; thorough: a jolly blunderer.
- Slang.slightly drunk; tipsy.
- 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.
- Informal. to jolly a person; josh; kid.
- Informal. the practice or an instance of jollying a person.
- 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.
- British Informal. extremely; very: He'll jolly well do as he's told.
Origin of jolly
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Examples from the Web for jollier
It's a jollier walk, and the blackberries are bigger and better.For the Sake of the School
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
- full of good humour; jovial
- having or provoking gaiety and merrymaking; festive
- greatly enjoyable; pleasing
- British (intensifier)you're jolly nice
- (often foll by up or along) to try to make or keep (someone) cheerful
- to make goodnatured fun of
- informal, mainly British a festivity or celebration
- informal, mainly British a trip, esp one made for pleasure by a public official or committee at public expense
- British slang a Royal Marine
Word Origin and History for jollier
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.