- joliet, louis,
- jolliet, louis,
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
Examples from the Web for jollier
There was never a better meal, or a jollier one—never a happier, healthier family.Dwellers in Arcady|Albert Bigelow Paine
Red boots, a hat, and yellow gloves had finished his man—and nothing could have been jollier than the result.The Royal Book of Oz|L. Frank Baum
There was never a jollier way of learning a foreign language than by playing games with Ingo.Shandygaff|Christopher Morley
Give him something noisy; and if a trifle low, so much the jollier.Three Men in a Boat|Jerome K. Jerome
Three jollier kits were never born, and a more devoted mother never lived.Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag, Vol. 5|Louisa M. Alcott
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.