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jolly

Definitions

  • Ye Jolly Miller music
    Ye Jolly Miller music
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj jolly full of or showing high-spirited merriment "when hearts were young and gay","a poet could not but be gay, in such a jocund company"- Wordsworth","the jolly crowd at the reunion","jolly old Saint Nick","a jovial old gentleman","have a merry Christmas","peals of merry laughter","a mirthful laugh"
    • adv jolly to a moderately sufficient extent or degree "pretty big","pretty bad","jolly decent of him","the shoes are priced reasonably","he is fairly clever with computers"
    • v jolly be silly or tease one another "After we relaxed, we just kidded around"
    • n jolly a yawl used by a ship's sailors for general work
    • n jolly a happy party
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Jolly Expressing mirth, or inspiring it; exciting mirth and gayety. "And with his jolly pipe delights the groves.""Their jolly notes they chanted loud and clear."
    • Jolly Full of life and mirth; jovial; joyous; merry; mirthful. "Like a jolly troop of huntsmen.""“A jolly place,” said he, “in times of old!
      But something ails it now: the spot is cursed.”"
    • Jolly Of fine appearance; handsome; excellent; lively; agreeable; pleasant. "A jolly cool wind.""Full jolly knight he seemed, and fair did sit.""The coachman is swelled into jolly dimensions."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • jolly Gay; of fine appearance; handsome; well-conditioned; thriving.
    • jolly Full of life and merriment; jovial; gaily cheerful; festive.
    • jolly Characterized or attended by joviality; expressing or inspiring mirth; exciting mirthfulness or gaiety.
    • jolly Gallant; brave.
    • jolly Great; remarkable; uncommon: as, a jolly muff.
    • jolly Synonyms Jolly, Jovial, Mirthful, Merry, Facetious, playful, funny, sprightly, frolicsome, sportive. Facetious is distinguished from the first four words in applying to the making of witticisms rather than to the continuous flow of contagious good humor easily breaking into laughter. If there is any difference between jolly and jovial, it is that the latter is rather the more dignified of the two. Mirthful and merry imply most of laughter, and jolly stands next in this respect. There is little difference between mirthful and merry, but the former may be the more dignified and the latter the more demonstrative. Merry expresses the largest and freest overflow of animal spirits. See hilarity and mirth.
    • jolly Remarkably; uncommonly; very: as, jolly awkward; jolly drunk.
    • jolly To rejoice; make merry.
    • jolly Slightly exhilarated by drink.
    • jolly Fine; pretty; great; big:used vaguely, often ironically: as, that's a jolly way of doing things; what a jolly fool he looked! a jolly shame.
    • n jolly Good-natured bantering talk intended to cheer a person or to induce him to comply with the wishes of the speaker.
    • n jolly A cheer; a hurrah.
    • n jolly A sham bidder at an auction; a confederate of cheats.
    • n jolly A British slang name for a marine: not used with reference to United States marines.
    • jolly To make a false offer or bid at an auction.
    • jolly To ridicule; make fun of; chaff.
    • jolly To be jolly or good natured to (a person), with the idea of cheering him up or of getting something out of him; flatter.
    • n jolly In ceramics, a machine used for making plates; a variety of the jigger. See the extract.
    • n jolly A jolly-boat.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Jolly jol′i merry: expressing or exciting mirth, jovial: comely, robust
    • adv Jolly (coll.) uncommonly
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. joli, jolif, joyful, merry, F. joli, pretty; of Scand. origin, akin to E. yule,; cf. Icel. jōl, yule, Christmas feast. See Yule
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. jolif, joli—Ice. jol, Yule.

Usage

In literature:

It's a jolly sight better than rotting about here with a beastly governess.
"Lalage's Lovers" by George A. Birmingham
Mrs. Halford was a jolly little woman who readily entered into the child's scheme.
"Chicken Little Jane" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
It has a brisk, rolling sound that's rather jolly.
"The New Girl at St. Chad's" by Angela Brazil
Some of them looked very bright and jolly.
"The Girls at Mount Morris" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
You know jolly well he doesn't mean a word of it.
"General John Regan" by George A. Birmingham
The 'Jolly Susan' needs a first mate; can I induce you to accept the job?
"Judy of York Hill" by Ethel Hume Patterson Bennett
I am all right, and it is a jolly good thing to have a place to stand upon.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
Here are a pack of old exercises, apparently; they'll make a jolly blaze.
"St. Winifred's" by Frederic W. Farrar
Jolly glad poor Binny was to get out.
"Our Casualty And Other Stories" by James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
Jolly good play, isn't it?
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed
I call it a jolly nuisance to be saddled with three kids in one's room.
"A harum-scarum schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
Jolly Robin tried his best to act at his ease.
"The Tale of Grunty Pig" by Arthur Scott Bailey
We thought it would be so jolly to have an uncle and aunt and some cousins.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
But she was awfully jolly; she seemed to know exactly how uncomfortable it was for me.
"Peterkin" by Mary Louisa Molesworth
I'm jolly glad you've found it.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
Still, I shall have a jolly good shot at it as soon as the thing is definite.
"The Mystery of the Green Ray" by William Le Queux
Have to be jolly careful, you see.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
But the Jolly Baker, from the Ile de Paris, was his match.
"Orphans of the Storm" by Henry MacMahon
A day or two after as she went upstairs to the parlour, I stopped, saw her legs, and told her she had jolly fat legs.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
They wasn't so high and dry, nohow, but took their fling, like jolly companions every one.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson" by Robert Louis Stevenson
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In poetry:

The jolly skipper paused awhile,
And then again began;
"There is a Spectre Ship," quoth he,
"A ship of the Dead that sails the sea,
And is called the Carmilhan.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 2. The Musician's Tale; The Ballad of Carmilhan - II." by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"Come, 'brothers,' be merry," said jolly Robin,
"Let us drink, and never give ore;
For the shot I will pay, ere I go my way,
If it cost me five pounds and more."
"Robin Hood And The Butcher" by Andrew Lang
Sel. I See thee jolly Sheepheard merrie,
And firme thy faith, and sound as a berrie.
Sil. Love gave me joy, and Fortune gave it,
As my desire could wish to have it.
"Selvagia and Silvanus, Their Song to Diana" by Bartholomew Young
Yet more it pleased him, more it stirred,
When from the water-side he heard
The shouting, and the jolly cheers;
The bustle of the mariners
In stillness or in storm.
"Memorials Of A Tour In Scotland, 1803" by William Wordsworth
Then here's to old Cotton, the king!
His true loyal subjects are we:
We'll laugh and we'll quaff and we'll sing,
A jolly old fellow is he,
Boys, is he,
A jolly old fellow is he!
"King Cotton." by George Pope Morris
I asked three gay young dogs from town
To join us in our folly,
Whose mirth, I thought, might serve to drown
My sister's melancholy:
The lively Jones, the sportive Brown,
And Robinson the jolly.
"Melancholetta" by Lewis Carroll

In news:

Hands -on workshop is a Holly Jolly time.
Hands-on workshop is a Holly Jolly time.
CCU's Jolly happy to be Big South POW.
CONWAY – Coastal Carolina senior Tarvorris Jolly has been named.
Hands-on workshop is a Holly Jolly time.
Holly Jolly Hero Jamboree.
Homer Jolly, Owner, Southern Draw'l Design, Illustration, Design and Marketing.
Big thanks to Jolly Joe for the suggestionJ.
Holly Jolly Hero Jamboree .
It's that time of year when carolers start patrolling the streets chanting lots of jolly tunes.
Jolly time for jobs.
Jolly St Nick and his sleigh arrives in Albany.
Homer Jolly, Owner, Southern Draw'l Design, Illustration, Design and Marketing.
It's that time of year again as Lafayette, along with Sonic, welcomes jolly ol' Santa Claus himself back in the Lafayette Sonic Christmas Parade.
Jennifer Jolly, Special for USA TODAY 11:07a.m EST December 15, 2012.
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In science:

For an investigation of the backward in time behavior of the Lorenz system (for real data), see the paper by Foias and Jolly .
Complex Singularities and the Lorenz Attractor
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