- jol|ly1 [ `dʒali ] adjective1. ) friendly and CHEERFUL:Her teacher was a jolly lady.2. ) OLD-FASHIONED lively and enjoyable:a jolly conversationjollyjol|ly 2 [ `dʒali ] noun count INFORMAL1. ) BRITISH an occasion when a group of people go somewhere together and have fun2. ) OLD-FASHIONED a partyget your jollies AMERICAN SPOKENto get pleasure from something. This phrase usually shows that you do not approve of the activity or experience:Do you get your jollies from wasting money on things you don't need?jollyjol|ly 3 [ `dʒali ] verb transitive BRITISH INFORMALto persuade someone in a friendly and gentle way:I'm trying to jolly him into coming to work for us.,jolly a`long phrasal verb transitivejolly someone along to continue encouraging and persuading someone to do something,jolly `up phrasal verb transitiveto make an event or activity more lively and enjoyablejollyjol|ly 4 [ `dʒali ] adverb BRITISH INFORMAL OLD-FASHIONEDvery:a jolly good bookjolly good SPOKENused for showing that you are pleased with what someone said or didjolly well SPOKENused for emphasizing what you are saying, especially when you are angry or annoyed:I'll do whatever I jolly well want to!
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.