jolly

jolly
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] / US [ˈdʒɑlɪ] adverb
Word forms "jolly":
comparative jollier superlative jolliest British informal old-fashioned
very

a jolly good book


III UK [ˈdʒɒlɪ] / US [ˈdʒɑlɪ] verb [transitive]
Word forms "jolly":
present tense I/you/we/they jolly he/she/it jollies present participle jollying past tense jollied past participle jollied British informal
to persuade someone in a friendly and gentle way

I'm trying to jolly him into coming to work for us.

Phrasal verbs:
IV UK [ˈdʒɒlɪ] / US [ˈdʒɑlɪ] noun [countable]
Word forms "jolly":
singular jolly plural jollies British informal
an occasion when a group of people go somewhere together and have fun

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  • Jolly — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: André Jolly (1799–1883), belgischer General Friedrich Jolly (1844–1904), deutscher Psychiater und Hochschullehrer Isaak Jolly (1785–1852), badischer Justizminister Julius Jolly (Indologe) (1849–1932),… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Jolly — Jol ly (j[o^]l l[y^]), a. [Compar. {Jollier} ( l[i^]*[ e]r); superl. {Jolliest}.] [OF. joli, jolif, joyful, merry, F. joli pretty; of Scand. origin, akin to E. yule; cf. Icel. j[=o]l yule, Christmas feast. See {Yule}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Full of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Jolly — Jol ly (j[o^]l l[y^]), n.; pl. {Jollies} (j[o^]l l[i^]z). [Prob. fr. {Jolly}, a.] A marine in the English navy. [Sailor s Slang] I m a Jolly Er Majesty s Jolly soldier an sailor too! Kipling. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Jolly — Jolly, 1) Philipp von, Physiker, geb. 26. Sept. 1809 in Mannheim, gest. 24. Dez. 1884 in München, studierte in Heidelberg, Wien und Berlin, habilitierte sich 1834 in Heidelberg als Privatdozent, wurde 1847 ordentlicher Professor und 1854 als… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Jolly — Jol ly (j[o^]l l[y^]), v. t. 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. [Colloq.] We want you to jolly them up a bit. Brander… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Jolly — Jolly, TX U.S. city in Texas Population (2000): 188 Housing Units (2000): 73 Land area (2000): 0.985659 sq. miles (2.552844 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.985659 sq. miles (2.552844 sq. km)… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Jolly, TX — U.S. city in Texas Population (2000): 188 Housing Units (2000): 73 Land area (2000): 0.985659 sq. miles (2.552844 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.985659 sq. miles (2.552844 sq. km) FIPS code:… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • jolly — /ˈdʒɔlli, ingl. ˈdʒHlɪ/ [vc. ingl., abbr. di jolly joker «l allegro (jolly) buffone (joker)»] s. m. inv. 1. (nel gioco di carte) matta 2. (est., fig.) tuttofare □ asso …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • jolly — Ⅰ. jolly [1] ► ADJECTIVE (jollier, jolliest) 1) happy and cheerful. 2) lively and entertaining. ► VERB (jollies, jollied) informal ▪ encourage in a friendly …   English terms dictionary

  • Jolly — Jolly, Jul., bad. Staatsmann, geb. 21. Febr. 1823 zu Mannheim, 1857 Prof. der Rechtswissenschaft zu Heidelberg, 1861 Rat im Ministerium des Innern, Führer der nationalen Partei, 1866 Minister des Innern, 1868 76 Ministerpräsident, seit 1876… …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • jolly — / dʒɔl:i/ s.m. [dall ingl. jolly, agg., allegro, giovanile ]. 1. (gio.) [carta alla quale un giocatore può attribuire il valore che vuole] ▶◀ matta. 2. (estens.) a. [combinazione particolarmente fortunata, carta vincente e sim.] ▶◀ asso nella… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

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