I. adjective (jollier; -est) Etymology: Middle English joli, from Anglo-French jolif, from jol-, probably from Old Norse jōl midwinter festival — more at yule Date: 14th century 1. a. (1) full of high spirits ; joyous (2) given to conviviality ; jovial b. expressing, suggesting, or inspiring gaiety ; cheerful 2. extremely pleasant or agreeable ; splendid Synonyms: see merry II. adverb Date: 1549 very <
would…do as they were jolly well told — John Stockbridge
III. verb (jollied; jollying) Date: 1610 intransitive verb to engage in good-natured banter transitive verb to put or try to put in good humor especially to gain an end IV. noun (plural jollies) Date: 1905 1. chiefly British a good time ; jollification 2. plural kicks <
get their jollies by reenacting famous murders — H. F. Waters

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