1. [ adjective ] full of or showing high-spirited merriment
Synonyms: merry gay jovial mirthful jocund

"when hearts were young and gay" "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"

Related terms: joyous
2. [ verb ] be silly or tease one another
Synonyms: kid chaff banter josh

"After we relaxed, we just kidded around"

Related terms: tease banter
3. [ adverb ] intensifier, as in "pretty big"
Synonyms: pretty

"pretty bad" (`jolly' is used informally in Britain as in "jolly decent of him")

Related terms: UK colloquialism
4. [ noun ] (British) a happy party
Related terms: party UK
5. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 1819
6. [ noun ] (nautical,transportation) a yawl used by a ship's sailors for general work
Synonyms: jolly_boat
Related terms: yawl
Similar spelling:   Joly