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Adjective: jolly (jollier,jolliest)  jó-lee
  1. Full of or showing high-spirited merriment
    "the jolly crowd at the reunion"; "jolly old Saint Nick";
    - gay, jocund [formal], jovial, merry, mirthful
Noun: jolly  jó-lee
  1. [Brit, NZ, informal] A happy party
     
  2. A yawl used by a ship's sailors for general work
    - jolly boat
Verb: jolly  jó-lee
Usage: informal
  1. Be silly or tease one another
    "After we relaxed, we just jollied around";
    - kid [informal], chaff, josh [informal], banter
     
  2. Become cheerful
    - cheer, cheer up, buck up [informal]
     
  3. Cause (somebody) to feel happier or more cheerful
    - cheer, cheer up, jolly along [informal], jolly up [informal], buck up [informal]
Adverb: jolly  jó-lee
Usage: Brit, informal
  1. To certain extent or degree
    "jolly decent of him";
    - reasonably, moderately, pretty [informal], somewhat, fairly, middling, passably, averagely, middlingly

Derived forms: jolliest, jollied, jollying, jollies, jollier

See also: joyous

Type of: bait, cod [Brit, informal], joy, party, rag, rally, razz [N. Amer, informal], rejoice, ride [N. Amer, informal], taunt, tease, twit [informal], wind up [Brit, informal], yawl

Encyclopedia: Jolly, Richard