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 jollypleasant, enjoyable, festive, joyous, carefree, cheerful, jovial, chipper, merry, playful, convivial, lighthearted, funny, entertaining, gay, larking, joshing, blithe, daffy, delightful
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Contemporary Examples of 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
December 24, 2014
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.
Historical Examples of jolly
And yet there ought to be so much to do here; it's all so fresh and roomy and jolly.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"I suppose I've jolly well got to take it," said Banstead, unruffled.Viviette
William J. Locke
It's a jolly sight better than sentiment when it comes to marrying.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
A friend and a tent, a jug of whisky and a lot of jolly good tobacco.In the Midst of Alarms
We were a jolly set; most of us poor as church mice, and caring little.The Bacillus of Beauty
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.