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NOUN (2)

1. a happy party;

2. a yawl used by a ship's sailors for general work;
[syn: jolly boat, jolly]


VERB (1)

1. be silly or tease one another;
- Example: "After we relaxed, we just kidded around"
[syn: kid, chaff, jolly, josh, banter]


ADJECTIVE (1)

1. full of or showing high-spirited merriment;
- Example: "when hearts were young and gay"
- Example: "a poet could not but be gay, in such a jocund company"- Wordsworth
- Example: "the jolly crowd at the reunion"
- Example: "jolly old Saint Nick"
- Example: "a jovial old gentleman"
- Example: "have a merry Christmas"
- Example: "peals of merry laughter"
- Example: "a mirthful laugh"
[syn: gay, jocund, jolly, jovial, merry, mirthful]


ADVERB (1)

1. to a moderately sufficient extent or degree;
- Example: "pretty big"
- Example: "pretty bad"
- Example: "jolly decent of him"
- Example: "the shoes are priced reasonably"
- Example: "he is fairly clever with computers"
[syn: reasonably, moderately, pretty, jolly, somewhat, fairly, middling, passably]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 life and mirth; jovial; joyous; merry; mirthful. [1913 Webster] Like a jolly troop of huntsmen. --Shak. [1913 Webster] "A jolly place," said he, "in times of old! But something ails it now: the spot is cursed." --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] 2. Expressing mirth, or inspiring it; exciting mirth and gayety. [1913 Webster] And with his jolly pipe delights the groves. --Prior. [1913 Webster] Their jolly notes they chanted loud and clear. --Fairfax. [1913 Webster] 3. Of fine appearance; handsome; excellent; lively; agreeable; pleasant. "A jolly cool wind." --Sir T. North. [Now mostly colloq.] [1913 Webster] Full jolly knight he seemed, and fair did sit. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] The coachman is swelled into jolly dimensions. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 Matthews. At noon we lunched at the tail of the ambulance, and gently "jollied" the doctor's topography. --F. Remington. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

157 Moby Thesaurus words for "jolly": Naval Reservist, Royal Marine, Seabee, addled, animated, appease, banter, beery, bemused, besotted, blandish, blarney, blind drunk, blithe, blithesome, bluejacket, boon, boot, butter, butter up, buxom, cadet, cajole, carouse, celebrate, chaff, cheerful, cheery, coltish, convivial, crapulent, crapulous, cut loose, debauch, deceive, dizzy, drenched, drunk, drunken, exuberant, far-gone, festal, festive, flustered, fool, fou, free and easy, frisky, frivolous, frogman, frolicsome, full, fun, gala, gay, get around, giddy, gladsome, gleeful, glorious, gob, hail-fellow-well-met, happy, haze, hearty, hell around, high-spirited, hilarious, hoax, honey, horse marine, humor, in liquor, inebriate, inebriated, inebrious, intoxicated, jape, jest, jive, jocose, jocular, jocund, joke, jollify, josh, jovial, joyful, joyous, jubilant, kid, kid along, lark, laughter-loving, lay it on, let go, let loose, let off steam, lighthearted, make merry, make whoopee, marine, maudlin, mellow, merry, merrymaking, midshipman, midshipmite, mirth-loving, mirthful, mischievous, muddled, nappy, naval cadet, navy man, needle, oil, on the loose, overdo it, play up to, playful, put on, rag, raise hell, rally, razz, reeling, rejoicing, revel, rib, ride, risible, roast, roguish, roister, see life, shikker, skylark, soap, sodden, soft-soap, soften up, sotted, sportive, spree, step out, string along, stroke, swabbie, tease, tiddly, tipsy, twit, under the influence, waggish, wanton, whoop it up