Pronunciation: ( jol'ē), [key]
—adj., -li•er, -li•est,
—v., -lied, -ly•ing,
—n., pl. -lies,
1. in good spirits; gay; merry: In a moment he was as jolly as ever.
2. cheerfully festive or convivial: a jolly party.
3. joyous; happy: Christmas is a jolly season.
4. Chiefly Brit. Informal.delightful; charming.
a. Informal.great; thorough: a jolly blunderer.
b. Slang.slightly drunk; tipsy.
Informal.to talk or act agreeably to (a person) in order to keep that person in good humor, esp. in the hope of gaining something (usually followed by along): They jollied him along until the job was done.
Informal.to jolly a person; josh; kid.
1. Informal.the practice or an instance of jollying a person.
2. Usually, jollies. Informal.pleasurable excitement, esp. from or as if from something forbidden or improper; thrills; kicks: He gets his jollies from watching horror movies.
Brit. Informal.extremely; very: He'll jolly well do as he's told.
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