jolly

  • 21jolly — I UK [ˈdʒɒlɪ] / US [ˈdʒɑlɪ] adjective Word forms jolly : adjective jolly comparative jollier superlative jolliest 1) friendly and cheerful Her teacher was a jolly lady. 2) old fashioned lively and enjoyable a jolly conversation II UK [ˈdʒɒlɪ] /… …

    English dictionary

  • 22jolly — jol|ly1 [ dʒali ] adjective 1. ) friendly and CHEERFUL: Her teacher was a jolly lady. 2. ) OLD FASHIONED lively and enjoyable: a jolly conversation jolly jol|ly 2 [ dʒali ] noun count INFORMAL 1. ) BRITISH an occasion when a group of people go… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 23jolly — [[t]ʤɒ̱li[/t]] jollier, jolliest 1) ADJ GRADED Someone who is jolly is happy and cheerful in their appearance or behaviour. She was a jolly, kindhearted woman. 2) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A jolly event is lively and enjoyable. I was looking forward… …

    English dictionary

  • 24jolly — 1 adjective jollier, jolliest especially BrE 1 happy and cheerful: Everybody was in a very relaxed and jolly mood. 2 old fashioned very pleasant and enjoyable: a very jolly occasion 2 adverb BrE old fashioned 1 very: Sounds like a jolly good idea …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 25jolly — jollily, adv. jolliness, n. /jol ee/, adj., jollier, jolliest, v., jollied, jollying, n., pl. jollies, adv. adj. 1. in good spirits; gay; merry: In a moment he was as jolly as ever. 2. cheerfully festive or convivial: a jolly party …

    Universalium

  • 26jolly — jòl·ly s.m.inv. CO 1. ciascuna delle due particolari carte aggiunte in alcuni mazzi da 52 carte e alle quali il giocatore che le possiede può attribuire il valore che più gli è utile; anche fig.: trovare, pescare il jolly, avere un colpo di… …

    Dizionario italiano

  • 27jolly — jollily, jolly adverbs. Jolly is used as a colloquial substitute for very (A jolly good idea / You know jolly well). The adverb meaning ‘in a jolly manner’ is jollily, although awkwardness of articulation reduces its use when in a jolly manner… …

    Modern English usage

  • 28jolly — jolly1 adjective (jollier, jolliest) happy and cheerful. ↘informal lively and entertaining. verb (jollies, jollying, jollied) informal encourage in a friendly way. ↘(jolly someone/thing up) make someone or something more jolly. adverb Brit.… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 29jolly — /ˈdʒɒli / (say jolee) adjective (jollier, jolliest) 1. in good spirits; cheerful: in a moment he was as jolly as ever. 2. cheerfully festive or convivial. 3. amusing; pleasant. –verb (t) (jollied, jollying) 4. (sometimes followed by into) to… …

    Australian-English dictionary

  • 30jolly up — verb cause (somebody) to feel happier or more cheerful She tried to cheer up the disappointed child when he failed to win the spelling bee • Syn: ↑cheer, ↑cheer up, ↑jolly along • Derivationally related forms: ↑cheer ( …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 31jolly — 1. adj., adv., v., & n. adj. (jollier, jolliest) 1 cheerful and good humoured; merry. 2 festive, jovial. 3 slightly drunk. 4 colloq. (of a person or thing) very pleasant, delightful (often iron.: a jolly shame). adv. colloq. very (they were jolly …

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  • 32Jolly — Rommé; Rommee * * * Jolly   [ʒɔ li],    1) Julius, badischer Politiker, * Mannheim 21. 2. 1823, ✝ Karlsruhe 14. 10. 1891, Bruder von 2); wurde 1857 Professor der Rechte in Heidelberg und 1861 Ministerialrat; mit F. Freiherr von Roggenbach und K.… …

    Universal-Lexikon

  • 33Jolly — Jolley is an example of that sizeable group of early European surnames that were gradually created from the habitual use of nicknames. These nicknames were given with reference to a variety of characteristics, such as physical attributes or… …

    Surnames reference

  • 34jolly — {{hw}}{{jolly}}{{/hw}}s. m. inv.  (pl.  ingl. jollies ) 1 In alcuni giochi di carte, matta. 2 (est.) Persona polivalente. ETIMOLOGIA: voce ingl., da jolly (joker) ‘l allegro (jolly) buffone (joker, propr. ‘giocatore’)’, raffigurato sulla carta …

    Enciclopedia di italiano

  • 35Jolly — You hear people use this in all sorts of ways, but basically it means very. So jolly good would mean very good. A common exception is where you hear people say I should jolly well think so! which is more to emphasise the point …

    The American's guide to speaking British

  • 36jolly up — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms jolly up : present tense I/you/we/they jolly up he/she/it jollies up present participle jollying up past tense jollied up past participle jollied up British informal to make an event or activity more lively… …

    English dictionary

  • 37jolly — jol•ly [[t]ˈdʒɒl i[/t]] adj. li•er, li•est, 1) being in good spirits; merry 2) cheerfully festive: a jolly party[/ex] 3) brit. delightful; charming 4) to try to keep (a person) in good humor, esp. to gain a desired end (usu. fol. by along) 5) to… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 38jolly —  1. Coax (a depressed or reluctant person or thing into better circumstances). Usu. jolly along or up.  2. Very, jolly D Good. Very kind …

    A concise dictionary of English slang

  • 39jolly — mod. alcohol intoxicated; tipsy. □ Everybody was jolly and singing by the time the food arrived. □ Kelly was a little too jolly, and her sister told her to slow down …

    Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • 40jolly — 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 …

    New Collegiate Dictionary