Jolly - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈdʒɑːli|  American pronunciation of the word jolly
Brit.  |ˈdʒɒli|  British pronunciation of the word jolly


- a happy party
- a yawl used by a ship's sailors for general work


- be silly or tease one another (syn: banter, chaff, josh, kid)


- to certain extent or degree(syn: fairly, middling, moderately, passably, pretty, reasonably, somewhat)


- full of or showing high-spirited merriment(syn: gay, jocund, jovial, merry, mirthful)


Come and have a "jolly" with us.

They eat and drink, and live jolly in the open air.

We all were jolly late.

Everybody was in a very relaxed and jolly mood.

We had a jolly time with the family.

Sounds like a jolly good idea to me.

It was all jolly good fun.

Jolly weather, isn't it?

Look what a jolly babe!

They had a jolly quarrel.

My friend, you made a mistake, and you jolly well know it. (R. Kipling)

the jolly crowd at the reunion

Our boss was a very jolly man, always laughing.

She had a jolly time at the party.

She learned to be jolly careful in his presence.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: jolly
he/she/it: jollies
present participle: jollying
past tense: jollied
past participle: jollied
singular: jolly
plural: jollies
comparative: jollier
superlative: jolliest
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