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English Dictionary: jolly by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
jolly
adv
  1. to a moderately sufficient extent or degree; "pretty big"; "pretty bad"; "jolly decent of him"; "the shoes are priced reasonably"; "he is fairly clever with computers"
    Synonym(s): reasonably, moderately, pretty, jolly, somewhat, fairly, middling, passably
    Antonym(s): immoderately, unreasonably
adj
  1. full of or showing high-spirited merriment; "when hearts were young and gay"; "a poet could not but be gay, in such a jocund company"- Wordsworth; "the jolly crowd at the reunion"; "jolly old Saint Nick"; "a jovial old gentleman"; "have a merry Christmas"; "peals of merry laughter"; "a mirthful laugh"
    Synonym(s): gay, jocund, jolly, jovial, merry, mirthful
n
  1. a happy party
  2. a yawl used by a ship's sailors for general work
    Synonym(s): jolly boat, jolly
v
  1. be silly or tease one another; "After we relaxed, we just kidded around"
    Synonym(s): kid, chaff, jolly, josh, banter
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Jolly \Jol"ly\ (j[ocr]l"l[ycr]), a. [Compar. {Jollier}
      (-l[icr]*[etil]r); superl. {Jolliest}.] [OF. joli, jolif,
      joyful, merry, F. joli pretty; of Scand. origin, akin to E.
      yule; cf. Icel. j[omac]l yule, Christmas feast. See {Yule}.]
      1. Full of life and mirth; jovial; joyous; merry; mirthful.
  
                     Like a jolly troop of huntsmen.         --Shak.
  
                     [bd]A jolly place,[b8] said he, [bd]in times of old!
                     But something ails it now: the spot is cursed.[b8]
                                                                              --Wordsworth.
  
      2. Expressing mirth, or inspiring it; exciting mirth and
            gayety.
  
                     And with his jolly pipe delights the groves.
                                                                              --Prior.
  
                     Their jolly notes they chanted loud and clear.
                                                                              --Fairfax.
  
      3. Of fine appearance; handsome; excellent; lively;
            agreeable; pleasant. [bd]A jolly cool wind.[b8] --Sir T.
            North. [Now mostly colloq.]
  
                     Full jolly knight he seemed, and fair did sit.
                                                                              --Spenser.
  
                     The coachman is swelled into jolly dimensions. --W.
                                                                              Irving.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Jolly \Jol"ly\, v. t.
      To cause to be jolly; to make good-natured; to encourage to
      feel pleasant or cheerful; -- often implying an insincere or
      bantering spirit; hence, to poke fun at. [Colloq.]
  
               We want you to jolly them up a bit.         --Brander
                                                                              Matthews.
  
               At noon we lunched at the tail of the ambulance, and
               gently [bd]jollied[b8] the doctor's topography. --F.
                                                                              Remington.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Jolly \Jol"ly\, n.; pl. {Jollies}. [Prob. fr. {Jolly}, a.]
      A marine in the English navy. [Sailor's Slang]
  
               I'm a Jolly -- 'Er Majesty's Jolly -- soldier an'
               sailor too!                                             --Kipling.

From U.S. Gazetteer (1990) [gazetteer]:
   Jolly, TX (city, FIPS 37924)
      Location: 33.87681 N, 98.34592 W
      Population (1990): 201 (67 housing units)
      Area: 2.6 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water)
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