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jolly

jol·ly

jolly

 
pronunciation:
ja li
parts of speech:
adjective, transitive verb, adverb
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: jollier, jolliest
definition 1: cheerful, enthusiastic, and merry.
Their team had won and the fans were in a jolly mood.He was a jolly man who always had a joke to tell or something pleasant to say.
synonyms:
cheerful, enthusiastic, happy, jocund, jovial, merry
antonyms:
somber
similar words:
cheery, festive, gay, gleeful, jocose
definition 2: pleasurable, or causing pleasure or happiness.
The play was a success, and the cast party was quite a jolly occasion.The letter brought him some jolly news from his brother.
synonyms:
glad
antonyms:
miserable
similar words:
convivial, festive, pleasant, pleasurable
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: jollied, jollies, jollying
definition: (informal) to act cheerfully toward (someone), esp. for one's own benefit.
similar words:
humor, ingratiate, toady
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part of speech: adverb
definition: (Chiefly British) very.
You've put in a jolly good effort here.
derivations: jollily (adv.), jolliness (n.)
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