jolly

Someone who's jolly is extremely cheerful. Your jolly French teacher might spend a large part of each class laughing out loud at his own jokes — if only you understood French, you could laugh along with him.

Santa Claus might be the mythical figure best known for being jolly — he's especially famous for his jolly "Ho ho ho!" Anyone who tends to be merry or festive is jolly, and when you want to cheer up a less-than-jolly friend, you can jolly them, teasing or kidding until they smile. The Old French root is jolif, "festive, merry, or pretty."

Primary Meanings of jolly

1.
adjvn
full of or showing high-spirited merriment
be silly or tease one another
a happy party
2.
adv
to a moderately sufficient extent or degree
3.
n
a yawl used by a ship's sailors for general work
Full Definitions of jolly
1

adj full of or showing high-spirited merriment

“the jolly crowd at the reunion”
jolly old Saint Nick”
Synonyms:
gay, jocund, jovial, merry, mirthful
joyous
full of or characterized by joy

v be silly or tease one another

Synonyms:
banter, chaff, josh, kid
Type of:
bait, cod, rag, rally, razz, ride, tantalise, tantalize, taunt, tease, twit
harass with persistent criticism or carping

n a happy party

Type of:
party
an occasion on which people can assemble for social interaction and entertainment
2

adv to a moderately sufficient extent or degree

jolly decent of him”
Synonyms:
fairly, middling, moderately, passably, pretty, reasonably, somewhat
Antonyms:
immoderately, unreasonably
to a degree that exceeds the bounds or reason or moderation
3

n a yawl used by a ship's sailors for general work

Synonyms:
jolly boat
Type of:
yawl
a ship's small boat (usually rowed by 4 or 6 oars)

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