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adj. jol·li·er, jol·li·est
1. Full of good humor and high spirits.
2. Exhibiting or occasioning happiness or mirth; cheerful: a jolly tune.
3. Greatly pleasing; enjoyable: had a jolly time.
adv. Chiefly British
To a great extent or degree; extremely.
v. jol·lied, jol·ly·ing, jol·lies
To keep amused or diverted for one's own purposes; humor.
To amuse oneself with humorous banter.
n. pl. jol·lies
1. Chiefly British A good or festive time.
2. jollies Slang Amusement; kicks: However you get your jollies is fine with me.

[Middle English joli, from Old French, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.]

jol′li·ly adv.
jol′li·ness n.


a joker or jovial person


(ˈdʒɒlɪə) or


(Ceramics) a person who uses a jolley or jigger to make pottery
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Fearing the dark, into which he observed all men passed, he built beyond the dark a fairer region, a happier hunting-ground, a jollier and robuster feasting-hall and wassailing-place, and called it variously "heaven.
Give him something noisy; and if a trifle low, so much the jollier.
While she talked he thought that she was worth ten of Mildred; she amused him much more and was jollier to talk to; she was cleverer, and she had a much nicer nature.
But that only made it all the jollier in the warm, bright rooms, full of happy souls.
She is much jollier when Daddy Mathieu is in bed with his rheumatism," Rouletabille said to me.
It was only Ned Hermanmann, fatter, bronder-faced, jollier looking than ever.
It 's time for lunch, girls, and I brought mine along with me, it 's so much jollier to eat in sisterhood.
And by spreading some festive cheer to others, you'll find you have an even jollier time yourself.
The whisky industry she has discovered while researching her book on a year's road trip around distilleries was a much jollier prospect.
Davidson might be jollier than Cameron, Osborne and the rest but do not be fooled.