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"jolly" in American English

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jollyadjective

 us   /ˈdʒɑl·i/
happy and ​pleasant: That ​clownlookspretty jolly.
(Definition of jolly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"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 ​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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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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