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 jolly
The incident sparked his belief in Santa, but he would have to wait nearly two decades before dressing up as Jolly St. Nick.Kerry Bentivolio: The Congressman Who Believes in Santa Claus|Ben Jacobs|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Like Jolly, most of the women raced other motorized vehicles before making it into Monster Jam.
Jolly somehow finds the time to also manage a restaurant and help kids who have Autism and Down syndrome ride horses.
Jolly, who entered the racing world when she was eight years old, remembers being taunted as a kid.
Jolly and Creten, who are both married to Monster Jam drivers (Neil Elliott and Jimmy Creten, respectively), have kids.
It was his nature to be happy and jolly; he could not help radiating sunshine all the time.The Boy Scouts of the Naval Reserve|Robert Shaler
Toward the close of the packing season there are jolly times on the plantation.
Burns's famous "Jolly Beggars" have all had their portraits drawn by Cruikshank.George Cruikshank|William Makepeace Thackeray
She went to jolly parties, and all the boys wanted to dance with her.Shaun O'Day of Ireland|Madeline Brandeis
Not studio parties or cabarets, but jolly outdoor things like we used to do at home.Quin|Alice Hegan Rice
British Dictionary definitions for jolly
adjective -lier or -liest
verb -lies, -lying or -lied (tr) informal
Word Origin for jolly
Word Origin and History 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.