Definitions of jolly

  1. be silly or tease one another; " After we relaxed, we just kidded around"
  2. full of or showing high- spirited merriment; " when hearts were young and gay"; " a poet could not but be gay, in such a jocund company"- Wordsworth; " the jolly crowd at the reunion"; " jolly old Saint Nick"; " a jovial old gentleman"; " have a merry Christmas"; " peals of merry laughter"; " a mirthful laugh"
  3. a yawl used by a ship's sailors for general work
  4. ( British) a happy party
  5. intensifier, as in" pretty big"; " pretty bad"; (` jolly' is used informally in Britain as in" jolly decent of him")
  6. a happy party
  7. used as an intensifier (` jolly' is used informally in Britain); " pretty big"; " pretty bad"; " jolly decent of him"
  8. Full of life and mirth; jovial; joyous; merry; mirthful.
  9. Expressing mirth, or inspiring it; exciting mirth and gayety.
  10. A marine in the English navy.
  11. To cause to be jolly; to make good- natured; to encourage to feel pleasant or cheerful; - often implying an insincere or bantering spirit; hence, to poke fun at.
  12. Full of life and mirth; gay; causing mirth; companionable.
  13. Jollier.
  14. Jolliest.
  15. Merry: expressing or exciting mirth: comely, robust.
  16. JOLLILY.
  18. Merry; gay; plump.
  19. Full of life and mirth; jovial.
  20. Expressing mirth; exciting gaiety.
  21. Merry; lively; full of life and mirth; expressing mirth or inspiring it; plump, like one in high health.
  22. Of fine appearance; handsome; excellent; lively; agreeable; pleasant.
  23. Merry; full of life and mirth; of fine appearance; plump.

Usage examples for jolly

  1. Besides, if they're not, it's a jolly drive to Fairford at any rate. – Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes
  2. But here you are, it seems, handsome, jolly and irresistible as ever!" – The Fighting Chance by Robert W. Chambers
  3. And how long are you going to stay in this jolly old place, Miss Vancourt? – God's Good Man by Marie Corelli
  4. You'd better make jolly well sure that the right men come. – Lord John in New York by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson
  5. I never saw him so strong or so jolly – Clover by Susan Coolidge
  6. O, I am so jolly silly. – The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25) by Robert Louis Stevenson Other: Andrew Lang
  7. Always jolly always making it out to be a big friendly game, only it never was a game. – Martyr by Alan Edward Nourse
  8. And she looked rather jolly eh?" – Christian's Mistake by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
  9. Why, he's as jolly as Alison, in a different way. – The Flamp, The Ameliorator, and The Schoolboy's Apprentice by E. V. Lucas
  10. Just jolly well take care they keep them, that's all. – The Jolliest School of All by Angela Brazil
  11. Doesn't it look jolly in the sunshine? – Jan and Her Job by L. Allen Harker
  12. Quite jolly though, and going strong. – Loyal to the School by Angela Brazil
  13. Don't you think I'm a jolly old man? – A Cotswold Village by J. Arthur Gibbs
  14. It was always great when Jolly came! – The Very Small Person by Annie Hamilton Donnell
  15. Ah- here it is- and we'll jolly soon see if the game hand has been at work in both. – Afterwards by Kathlyn Rhodes
  16. You're jolly decent to me! – Charles Rex by Ethel M. Dell
  17. " And we were going to have had our Christmas dinner together to- night," he said, " and spend a jolly evening afterwards." – Miss Mapp by Edward Frederic Benson
  18. " I suppose it is very jolly he said. – The Card, A Story Of Adventure In The Five Towns by Arnold Bennett
  19. It's jolly pretty, isn't it? – The Moon out of Reach by Margaret Pedler
  20. He's rather a jolly little chap. – The Dark Tower by Phyllis Bottome