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 jollinessradiance, color, brilliance, gladness, cheer, joviality, revelry, sport, glitter, jocundity, jocosity, elation, glee, exhilaration, liveliness, sparkle, animation, revel, lightheartedness, frolic
Examples from the Web for jolliness
Historical Examples of jolliness
A holiday's when you all have play and treats and jolliness, all of you together.The Story of the Amulet
Since last night I've been with these infantry boy-officers who are doing such great work in such a careless spirit of jolliness.Carry On
These new feelings did not affect his general attitude toward life: they merely confirmed his faith in its ultimate "jolliness."The Glimpses of the Moon
The jolliness of the little group communicated itself to the rest of the promenade deck.Atlantis
I always thought as adventures was jolly; but that didn't seem to me to have no jolliness about it, not when we was out there.Sturdy and Strong
G. A. Henty
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.