jolly

Definitions:

  • Full of good humor and high spirits.
  • Exhibiting or occasioning happiness or mirth; cheerful.
  • Greatly pleasing; enjoyable.
  • To a great extent or degree; extremely.
  • To keep amused or diverted for one's own purposes; humor.
  • To amuse oneself with humorous banter.
  • A good or festive time.
  • Amusement; kicks.
  • To rejoice; make merry.
  • Remarkably; uncommonly; very: as, <em>jolly</em> awkward; <em>jolly</em> drunk.
  • To make a false offer or bid at an auction.
  • To ridicule; make fun of; chaff.
  • To be jolly or good natured to (a person), with the idea of cheering him up or of getting something out of him; flatter.
  • In <em>ceramics</em>, a machine used for making plates; a variety of the jigger. See the extract.
  • Gay; of fine appearance; handsome; well-conditioned; thriving.
  • Full of life and merriment; jovial; gaily cheerful; festive.
  • Characterized or attended by joviality; expressing or inspiring mirth; exciting mirthfulness or gaiety.
  • Gallant; brave.
  • Great; remarkable; uncommon: as, a <em>jolly</em> muff.
  • <strong>Synonyms</strong> <em>Jolly, Jovial, Mirthful, Merry, Facetious</em>, playful, funny, sprightly, frolicsome, sportive. <em>Facetious</em> 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 <em>jolly</em> and <em>jovial</em>, it is that the latter is rather the more dignified of the two. <em>Mirthful</em> and <em>merry</em> imply most of laughter, and <em>jolly</em> stands next in this respect. There is little difference between <em>mirthful</em> and <em>merry</em>, but the former may be the more dignified and the latter the more demonstrative. <em>Merry</em> expresses the largest and freest overflow of animal spirits. See <internalXref urlencoded="hilarity">hilarity</internalXref> and <em>mirth.</em>
  • A jolly-boat.
  • Slightly exhilarated by drink.
  • Fine; pretty; great; big:used vaguely, often ironically: as, that's a <em>jolly</em> way of doing things; what a <em>jolly</em> fool he looked! a <em>jolly</em> shame.
  • Good-natured bantering talk intended to cheer a person or to induce him to comply with the wishes of the speaker.
  • A cheer; a hurrah.
  • A sham bidder at an auction; a confederate of cheats.
  • A British slang name for a marine: not used with reference to United States marines.
  • A marine in the English navy.
  • Full of life and mirth; jovial; joyous; merry; mirthful.
  • Expressing mirth, or inspiring it; exciting mirth and gayety.
  • Of fine appearance; handsome; excellent; lively; agreeable; pleasant.
  • 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.
  • Full of high and merry spirits; <xref>jovial</xref>.
  • a pleasure trip or <xref>excursion</xref>
  • <xref>very</xref>, <xref>extremely</xref>
  • To <xref>amuse</xref> or <xref>divert</xref>.
  • a happy party
  • be silly or tease one another
  • a yawl used by a ship's sailors for general work
  • full of or showing high-spirited merriment
  • to a moderately sufficient extent or degree
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