jolly

/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 humour; cajole; flatter.
adverb
5. Colloquial (an intensifier): I was jolly glad to see her.
phrase
6. get one's jollies, Colloquial to derive pleasure or gratification: is that how you get your jollies?
7. jolly someone along, to attempt to maintain the good spirits of someone by cheerful talk and encouragement.
8. jolly well, (an intensifier): he jolly well should apologise.
{Middle English joli(f), from Old French, ? of Germanic origin; compare Icelandic jōl Yule}
jollily, adverb
jolliness, noun

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