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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.
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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. To look at Montmorency you would imagine that he was an angel sent upon the earth, for some reason withheld from mankind, in the shape of a small fox-terrier.
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.
Apart from making a sunny day even jollier? Well, wonder no more.
As of this writing, my little man has turned 5 months old, and he is growing healthier and jollier. It only takes a smile or a laugh from my boy for my exhaustion to be reduced to naught.
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BLACKBERRY FARM'S 4,200 sprawling acres sit at the doorstep of an even jollier green giant: 522,419 acres that comprise Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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