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Definition of Jolly


  1. Full of life and mirth; jovial; joyous; merry; mirthful.
  2. Expressing mirth, or inspiring it; exciting mirth and gayety.
  3. Of fine appearance; handsome; excellent; lively; agreeable; pleasant.
  4. 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.
  5. A marine in the English navy.

Jolly Quotations

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.
C. S. Lewis

The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.
George Carlin

It's usually a jolly good trick to pick up a local tour guide. They can tell you all the anecdotes that make a place interesting. I'm one for rushing off to museums at the crack of dawn, eating fabulous things on terraces for lunch, and enjoying long dinners on balmy evenings.
Jane Birkin

There's nothing like a jolly good disaster to get people to start doing something.
Prince Charles

There, in the chords and melodies, is everything I want to say. The words just jolly it along. It's always been my way of expressing what for me is inexpressible by any other means.
David Bowie
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Jolly Translations

jolly in German is burschikose
jolly in Norwegian is morsom, veldig, lystig
jolly in Spanish is jovial
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