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jolly

adjective uk   /ˈdʒɒl.i/ us    /ˈdʒɑː.li/

jolly adjective (HAPPY)

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

jolly adjective (ENJOYABLE)

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

jolly adjective (ATTRACTIVE)

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

jolly

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

jolly

verb [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 bit.
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