verb (used with or without object), jol·li·fied, jol·li·fy·ing.

to make or become jolly or merry.

Origin of jollify

First recorded in 1815–25; jolly + -fy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for jollify

Historical Examples of jollify

  • To-night you may jollify; but after that you are under strict discipline, for a month at least.

    Mary Anerley

    R. D. Blackmore

  • We met at the Corners last nite to jollify over the brave acts uv our Memphis frends, and I wuz the speeker.

    Swingin Round the Cirkle.

    Petroleum V. Nasby

British Dictionary definitions for jollify


verb -fies, -fying or -fied

to be or cause to be jolly
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Word Origin and History for jollify

1824, back-formation from jollification. Related: Jollified; jollifying.

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