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 jolliesecstasy, rapture, joy, glee, euphoria, excitement, jubilation, exhilaration, bliss, enthusiasm, banter, quip, laugh, joke, bother, tease, pretend, delude, press, pressure
Examples from the Web for jollies
Historical Examples of jollies
Dick gets kinder peeved with her sometimes when she jollies him.Walter and the Wireless
Sara Ware Bassett
The same as the Jollies—'er Majesty's Jollies—soldier an' sailor too.
We sent for the Jollies—'er Majesty's Jollies—soldier an' sailor too!
And they done it, the Jollies—'er Majesty's Jollies—soldier an' sailor too.
I saw three or four of our jollies—as we called the marines—drop while firing away from the forecastle.Will Weatherhelm
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.