jolly Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “jolly” in the English Dictionary

"jolly" in British English

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uk   /ˈdʒɒl.i/  us   /ˈdʒɑː.li/

jolly adjective (HAPPY)

happy and ​smiling: a jolly ​smile/​manner/​mood She's a very jolly, ​upbeatsort of a ​person.

jolly adjective (ENJOYABLE)

old-fashioned enjoyable, ​energetic, and ​entertaining: a jolly ​occasion We ​spent a very jolly ​evening together, ​chatting and ​reminiscing.

jolly adjective (ATTRACTIVE)

mainly UK bright and ​attractive: I ​love the ​brightyellow you've ​painted the children's ​room - it makes it ​look really jolly.


uk   /ˈdʒɒl.i/  us   /ˈdʒɑː.li/ UK old-fashioned informal
very: That's a jolly ​nicescarf 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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 us   /ˈdʒɑl·i/
happy and ​pleasant: That ​clownlookspretty 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 alegre, divertido, gracioso…
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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