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"jolly" in British English

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jollyadjective

uk   /ˈdʒɒl.i/ us   /ˈdʒɑː.li/

jollyadverb

uk   /ˈdʒɒl.i/ us   /ˈdʒɑː.li/ UK old-fashioned informal
very: That's a jolly nice scarf you're wearing.

jollyverb [T + adv/prep]

uk   /ˈdʒɒl.i/ us   /ˈdʒɑː.li/ informal
to encourage someone to do something by putting that person in a good mood and persuading them gently: I'll try to jolly my parents into letting me borrow the car this weekend. She didn't really want to go to the party, so we had to jolly her along a little.
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(Definition of jolly from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"jolly" in American English

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jollyadjective

us   /ˈdʒɑl·i/
happy and pleasant: That clown looks pretty jolly.
(Definition of jolly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “jolly”
in Korean 행복한…
in Arabic مَرِح, بَشوش…
in Malaysian riang…
in French jovial…
in Russian веселый, приятный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 高興的, 興高采烈的,快活的…
in Italian gaio, gioioso, allegro…
in Turkish neşeli, şen şakrak, mutlu…
in Polish wesoły…
in Spanish jovial, alegre, divertido…
in Vietnamese vui vẻ…
in Portuguese jovial, alegre…
in Thai ร่าเริง…
in German fröhlich…
in Catalan jovial…
in Japanese 上機嫌な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 高兴的, 兴高采烈的,快活的…
in Indonesian periang…
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