Adjective "jolly" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Happy and cheerful.
  1. 'It wasn't like it was a big walk in the park, everybody was happy and jolly all the time and talking about their next project.'
  2. 'Arian was getting up to leave when a jolly looking, red headed giant of a man with sparkling gray eyes entered the room.'
  3. 'He was a jolly young fellow and always seemed to be happy and smiling.'
  4. 'He had a jolly laugh and his belly shook when he was really amused by something, and his wise old eyes lit up with mischief right before he'd ask you a riddle.'
  5. 'He has a jolly, ready laugh and mannerisms like an absentminded professor.'
  6. 'Back at base, Alec arrives looking his usual jolly self, full of anticipation and excitement about the coming evening as he chats with the rest of the crew.'
  7. 'She was all very jolly and laughing and joking with us and over a quarter of an hour we learned quite a bit about her and that she was waiting to see a doctor there.'
  8. 'His family described Michael this week as a jolly, happy little lad, who had just turned two years old on May 3 last.'
  9. 'He clapped with a jolly laugh as he emerged from the darkness.'
  10. 'I try to always send him out the door happy and looking forward to his day and encourage him to be cheerful and jolly.'
  11. 'we had a very jolly time'
  12. 'Evoking the jolly spirit of regattas the rowing centre has a festive functionalism that sits lightly on the earth.'
  13. 'On-board entertainment including the relentlessly jolly children's club and the cabaret kept us busy until bedtime.'
  14. 'And she knows just how tough it will be not being able to join in the jolly banter on a busy evening.'
  15. 'It's almost sad that Mad Mel is on holiday, her reactions to such a jolly entertainment would be a treat.'
  16. 'So it is a bit odd that the nations choose to come here for a jolly festival of running, jumping and splashing about.'
  17. 'Gatlin entertained rich clients with his jolly wit.'


Encourage (someone) in a friendly way.
  1. 'they were trying to jolly her out of her torpor'
  2. 'Graham will be home for a couple of days tomorrow and that'll serve to jolly me out of it.'
  3. 'But equally it was obvious from the reactions to my confidential letter that unless I forced the issue they would keep jollying me along and not do anything about finding a successor.'
  4. 'Be careful about trying to jolly the person along.'
  5. 'Just bear in mind the distinction between assertiveness and aggression if you have to jolly them along.'
  6. 'The befuddled hosts at first tried to jolly Stewart into being the good-natured guest they'd expected.'
  7. 'And I was always the one that is always jollying everyone up.'
  8. 'Mr Hammick said: ‘She had been out with friends who had tried to jolly her along.’'
  9. 'They jolly the groups around the sets, answering questions from kids and ensuring no one gets lost.'
  10. 'There was a time when his plain speaking was a joy to the ear but can't you just jolly it up a bit, Al?'
  11. 'Beaton would receive the speech, jolly it up and send it back.'


Very; extremely.
  1. 'I rarely meet any of my neighbours, which is the way I like it, but I did meet both of my old beside- and above-neighbours and they were jolly decent blokes.'
  2. 'I now have two confirmed locations, one more is very likely to say yes in the next few days, and I'm waiting on two that are meeting later this week - all jolly exciting.'
  3. 'Well, we've been married thirty years now, and even after thirty years, it's still jolly nice to know that we love one another.'
  4. 'I'm jolly glad that it only took you 5 days to respond.'
  5. 'They are an excellent live band and jolly nice chaps as well.'
  6. 'The extra income was jolly nice, spread out over a few years.'
  7. 'I rustled up a stunning little meal, and I have to say I was jolly proud.'
  8. 'The next few days are all very exciting though, today it's the wedding of my cousin Amanda (to Daniel) to which I'm wearing the exciting and jolly expensive new suit.'
  9. 'I'm jolly glad to know we haven't had any of those in our national life.'
  10. 'This is jolly clever technology.'


A party or celebration.
  1. 'some regard it as a bit of a jolly'
  2. 'A few years before, Ash, Chaz and I went to New York for a bit of a jolly.'
  3. 'In fact, I'll have a word with my bosses and see if we can all go out to Hawaii on a jolly and do a bit of filming.'


A clinker-built ship's boat that is smaller than a cutter, typically hoisted at the stern of the ship.
  1. 'The boyfriend and I had a day off yesterday and went on a jolly round the Thames like tourists.'
  2. 'In the old days, this meant sending jolly boats ashore and sacking a town, as Captain Henry Morgan did throughout the Spanish colonies at Portobello, Maracaibo, and Panama City in the late 17th century.'


1. in good spirits; lively; merry: In a moment he was as jolly as ever.

2. cheerfully festive or convivial: a jolly party.

3. joyous; happy: Christmas is a jolly season.

4. Chiefly British Informal. delightful; charming.

5. British. Informal. great; thorough: a jolly blunderer. Slang. slightly drunk; tipsy. verb (used with object), jollied, jollying.

6. Informal. to talk or act agreeably to (a person) in order to keep that person in good humor

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be jolly in/at/on tonights."

"rooms can be jolly without things."

"people can be jolly on days."

"people can be jolly."

"times can be jolly."

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Early 18th century: perhaps related to yawl.


get one's jollies
jolly good
jolly well