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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

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

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

Our family was too strange and weird for even Santa Claus to come visit... Santa, who was jolly - but, let's face it, he was also very judgmental.
Julia Sweeney

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

With big folks, either people think you look mean or it's more of a jolly Santa Claus, 'Oh, he's just a pudgy little teddy bear pillow.'
The Notorious B.I.G.
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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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