Origin of jollier
adjective, jol·li·er, jol·li·est.
- Informal.great; thorough: a jolly blunderer.
- Slang.slightly drunk; tipsy.
verb (used with object), jol·lied, jol·ly·ing.
verb (used without object), jol·lied, jol·ly·ing.
noun, plural jol·lies.
Origin of jolly
Synonyms for jolly
Antonyms for jolly
Related Words for jollierpleasant, enjoyable, festive, joyous, carefree, cheerful, jovial, chipper, merry, playful, convivial, lighthearted, funny, entertaining, gay, larking, joshing, blithe, daffy, delightful
Examples from the Web for jollier
Historical Examples of 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
adjective -lier or -liest
verb -lies, -lying or -lied (tr) informal
Word Origin for jolly
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.