Word of the Day: Jolly
jol-ly / jŏl-ē
1. merry; full of good spirits
The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.
George Carlin, 1937 – 2008
2. exhibiting or causing a feeling of good cheer; festive
Have a holly, jolly Christmas;
And when you walk down the street
Say Hello to friends you know
and everyone you meet
Lyrics from “A Holly Jolly Christmas” by Johnny Marks, 1909 – 1985
3. very enjoyable
I believe that God put us in this jolly world to be happy and enjoy life.
Robert Baden-Powell, 1857 – 1941
1. (primarily British) very; extremely
Oh, for a nook and a story-book,
With tales both new and old;
For a jolly good book whereon to look
Is better to me than gold.
“A Jolly Good Book” poem, unknown
1. (primarily British) a celebration; a good time
Bragging about skiving off work to go on a jolly or making a joke out of being late for work for the third time in a week doesn’t really scream star employee!
Sophie Deering, “The 10 Worst Things to Post on Social Media as a Job Seeker”, ‘Undercover Recruiter’, www.theundercoverrecruiter.com/worst-job-seeker-social-media, accessed December 10, 2021
2. jollies, (slang) a feeling of enjoyment and excitement
We all get our jollies one way or another.
“The Man with the Golden Gun Quotes.” Quotes.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 9 Dec. 2021.
1. to keep someone cheerful and in good spirits, often for one’s own purposes
We must be careful that our worship doesn’t become about jollying us up, or making us feel better – that isn’t real, and misses the point of who it’s for.
2. to tease or banter in a good-natured way
Now. stop Jollying us and tell us what you did really see—please,” he begged.
Oxford Democrat. [volume] (Paris, Me.), 04 Feb. 1908. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83009653/1908-02-04/ed-1/seq-1/
From the Old French adjective jolif (festive, merry, pretty), which may be related to the Old Norse noun jol (winter feast), or it might come from the same root , gau, as the semi-deponent Latin verb gaudeo. gaudere, gauisus sum (rejoice, be glad, be pleased, delight, please).
Thank you to Allen Ward for the etymology of jolly.