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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.
  17. JOLLITY, JOLLINESS.
  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.
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Antonyms for jolly

detestable, agonized, lugubrious, forbidding, funereal, melancholic, sluggish, crying, sobbing, lonely, comfortless, tedious, low, woeful, bilious, grieving, solemn, unpalatable, sorrowful, rotten, disheartened, offensive, horrid, gray, uncongenial, heartsore, gloomy, wretched, bitter, upsetting, vexing, infuriating, downhearted, abject, maddening, black, dismal, regrettable, unhappy, tenebrific, harsh, joyless, despondent, disturbing, doleful, plutonian, wailing, desolate, depressed, melancholy, dark, groaning, plangent, repugnant, aching, sad, disgruntled, perturbing, sullen, dire, god-awful, anguished, disconsolate, down in the mouth, vile, crestfallen, regretful, moaning, despairing, woebegone, nominally, lachrymose, sour, heavyhearted, disagreeable, hopeless, ghastly, bad, hateful, stale, saturnine, listless, depressing, distasteful, incensing, unenjoyable, low-spirited, lamentable, unpleasing, torpid, hellish, downcast, Angering, funeral, brokenhearted, annoying, unpleasant, unwelcome, unreasonably, discontented, Riling, morose, tragic, exasperating, elegiac, Pleasureless, commonplace, cimmerian, peeving, heartrending, odious, Bewailing, Irksome, yucky, Dolesome, dejected, weeping, somber, Outraging, mournful, miserable, lonesome, sunless, glum, deplorable, dispirited, obnoxious, disheartening, depressive, Rankling, dreary, cast down, blue, bleak, heartsick, inconsolable, Deploring, murky, cold, plaintive, drear, Bemoaning, abhorrent, boring, intimidating, dolorous, darkening, negligibly, Enraging, disgusting, flat, droopy, heartbroken, godforsaken, cloudy, hostile, immoderately, wicked, insipid, aggravating, inflaming, moody, chill, repulsive, cheerless, dull, abominable, displeasing, Dissatisfying, unlovely, desperate, sorry, heartbreaking, down, Revulsive, morbid, hangdog, slightly, aggrieved, lethargic, Saddened, tenebrous, nasty, distressing, dreich, repellent, irritating, forlorn, icky, unsavory.

Quotes of jolly

  1. Well, my deliberate opinion is- it's a jolly strange world. – Arnold Bennett
  2. There, in the chords and melodies, is everything I want to say. The words just jolly it along. It's always been my way of expressing what for me is inexpressible by any other means. – David Bowie
  3. It was jolly in the country. A cow and little pigs to play with and milk warm from the cow. – Georg Brandes
  4. The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live. – George Carlin
  5. They can certainly expect to be very impressed with the technical aspects of the show, fooled and led up the garden path by the story and ultimately have a jolly good laugh! – Louise Jameson
  6. They're very, uh, you know, I don't come from the suburbs and a jolly Disney type of lifestyle. I come from something totally different. And they're cool and bare minimum so it's not always a money issue for me. – Shia LaBeouf
  7. It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad. – C. S. Lewis
  8. The first term of the Clinton administration was very jolly Everybody was running around meeting people and of course, in the second term, everyone went down the black hole, which also happened at the end of the Reagan administration. – Sally Quinn
  9. A film based on a jolly good John Grisham book is fine, but I like to get a bit under the skin. – Charlotte Rampling
  10. A lot of people stop short. They don't actually die but they say, 'Right I'm old, and I'm going to retire,' and then they dwindle into nothing. They go off to Florida and become jolly boring. – Mary Wesley

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

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