Meaning of “jolly” in the English Dictionary

"jolly" in British English

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uk /ˈdʒɒl.i/ us /ˈdʒɑː.li/


uk /ˈdʒɒl.i/ us /ˈdʒɑː.li/ UK old-fashioned informal


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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us /ˈdʒɑl·i/

happy and pleasant:

That clown looks pretty jolly.

(Definition of “jolly” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)