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jolly

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishjollyjol‧ly1 /ˈdʒɒli $ ˈdʒɑːli/ adjective especially British English 🔊 🔊 1 HAPPYhappy and enjoying yourself 🔊 Everybody was in a very relaxed and jolly mood.2 old-fashionedNICE very pleasant and enjoyable 🔊 We had a jolly time with the family.
Examples from the Corpus
jollyWhy had he turned so jolly all of a sudden?Sue was always jolly and helpful.The innovation stirred the ashram to mirth and jolly comment.And we did have some jolly evenings.They all made a jolly family.Peter Webster, forty-seven, is a jaunty, jolly fellow.But a nice young man who wanted a bit of chivvying from a jolly girl-friend.My uncle was a jolly man with a loud laugh.a very jolly occasionArthur was their best man and there were jolly pictures of the wedding in the papers.a jolly Santa ClausAfter Anaximenes came some one jolly, scoffing, and yet profound: the philosopher-poet Xenopha-nes.
jollyjolly2 adverb British English old-fashioned informal 🔊 🔊 1 VERYvery 🔊 Sounds like a jolly good idea to me. 🔊 It was all jolly good fun.2 jolly well3 jolly good!
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jollyI think bathing is jolly good f-fun.Whatever, he did a jolly good job.And if you have what it takes and can stand the pace, a jolly good salary.It sounds to me as if you all need a jolly good thrashing.The canteen was jolly good value.For he's a jolly good Weller Duh!jolly good funI know it all sounds like jolly good fun, but at thirty-five a man ought to have some sort of career.
jollyjolly3 verb (jollied, jollying, jollies) British English 🔊 🔊 jolly somebody along jolly somebody into something jolly something ↔ up→ See Verb table
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jollyShe tried to jolly herself into enthusiasm.Attempting to jolly him, I told him I suspected the Soviets.Brisk neon routines jolly the cityscape, like the desk-toys of businessmen.Where Ken wanted to jolly the world along, Bernard wanted to push it and shove it for its own good.
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Verb table
jolly
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyjolly
he, she, itjollies
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyjollied
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave jollied
he, she, ithas jollied
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad jollied
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill jolly
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have jollied
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam jollying
he, she, itis jollying
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you, we, theyare jollying
Past
I, he, she, itwas jollying
you, we, theywere jollying
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been jollying
he, she, ithas been jollying
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been jollying
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be jollying
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been jollying
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