Definition of Jolly

1. Noun. A happy party.

2. Verb. Be silly or tease one another. "After we relaxed, we just kidded around"
Exact synonyms: Banter, Chaff, Josh, Kid
Generic synonyms: Bait, Cod, Rag, Rally, Razz, Ride, Tantalise, Tantalize, Taunt, Tease, Twit
Derivative terms: Banter

3. Adjective. Full of or showing high-spirited merriment. "A mirthful laugh"
Exact synonyms: Gay, Jocund, Jovial, Merry, Mirthful
Similar to: Joyous
Derivative terms: Jocundity, Jolliness, Jollity, Joviality, Joviality, Merriness, Mirthfulness

4. Adverb. To a moderately sufficient extent or degree. "He is fairly clever with computers"

5. Noun. A yawl used by a ship's sailors for general work.
Exact synonyms: Jolly Boat
Generic synonyms: Yawl

Definition of Jolly

1. a. Full of life and mirth; jovial; joyous; merry; mirthful.

2. v. t. 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.

3. n. A marine in the English navy.

Definition of Jolly

1. Proper noun. ( female given name) ¹

2. Proper noun. (surname) ¹

3. Adjective. Full of high and merry spirits; jovial. ¹

4. Noun. (British) a pleasure trip or excursion ¹

5. Adverb. (British dated) very, extremely ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To amuse or divert. ¹

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Definition of Jolly

1. cheerful [adj -LIER, -LIEST] : JOLLILY [adv] / to put in a good humor for one's own purposes [v -LIED, -LYING, -LIES] - See also: cheerful

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Jolly

jollof rice
jolly along
jolly boat
jolly boats
jolly someone along
jolly up
jolly well

Literary usage of Jolly

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1. The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors by Charles Wells Moulton (1902)
"In the world of the "Jolly Beggars" there is more than hideousness and squalor, ... In Burns's "Jolly Beggars," it seems to me that Burns touched nearly the ..."

2. Miscellanies by William Makepeace Thackeray (1877)
"His mistress' portrait decked the wall, His wealth, lived Jolly Jack. To give advice to avarice, Teach pride its mean condition, And preach good seuse to ..."

3. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by Philadelphia Neurological Society, American Neurological Association, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association (1885)
"Jolly, like Dr. Mtiller, attempts to shake some of our electro-medical ... Jolly claims the reverse to be true. He tested the resistances with the aid of ..."

4. The Works of George Meredith by George Meredith (1894)
"This, too, had happened, external to Boon's knowledge: the lady and the gentleman had witnessed, through the small diamond window-panes of the Jolly ..."

5. Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia: Extracted from the by Lyman Chalkley, Mary Smith Lockwood (1912)
"William Jolly.—William made a contract with Jolly to build a furnace for William. Jolly engaged himself at the iron works of Mr. Crawford in Greenbrier. ..."

6. The invisible man: A Grotesque Romance by Herbert George Wells (1897)
"... XVI IN THE Jolly CRICKETERS THE Jolly Cricketers is just at the bottom of the hill, where the tram-lines begin. The barman leant his fat red arms on the ..."

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