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1. in good spirits; gay; merry: In a moment he was as jolly as ever.
2. cheerfully festive or convivial: a jolly party.
3. joyous; happy: Christmas is a jolly season.
4. Chiefly Brit. Informal.delightful; charming.
a. Informal.great; thorough: a jolly blunderer.
b. Slang.slightly drunk; tipsy.
Informal.to talk or act agreeably to (a person) in order to keep that person in good humor, esp. in the hope of gaining something (usually followed by along): They jollied him along until the job was done.
Informal.to jolly a person; josh; kid.
1. Informal.the practice or an instance of jollying a person.
2. Usually, jollies. Informal.pleasurable excitement, esp. from or as if from something forbidden or improper; thrills; kicks: He gets his jollies from watching horror movies.
1. jolly, party
usage: a happy party
2. jolly boat, jolly, yawl
usage: a yawl used by a ship''s sailors for general work
1. kid, chaff, jolly, josh, banter, tease, razz, rag, cod, tantalize, tantalise, bait, taunt, twit, rally, ride
usage: be silly or tease one another; "After we relaxed, we just kidded around"
1. gay, jocund, jolly, jovial, merry, mirthful, joyous (vs. joyless)
usage: 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"
1. pretty, jolly
usage: used as an intensifier (`jolly'' is used informally in Britain); "pretty big"; "pretty bad"; "jolly decent of him"
1. holly, angiospermous tree, flowering tree
usage: any tree or shrub of the genus Ilex having red berries and shiny evergreen leaves with prickly edges
2. Holly, Buddy Holly, Charles Hardin Holley, rock star, songwriter, songster, ballad maker
usage: United States rock star (1936-1959)
holly, common name for members of the Aquifoliaceae, a family of widely distributed trees and shrubs, most numerous in Central and South America. The evergreen English holly (Ilex aquifolium), the common holly of Europe, cultivated also in North America, is closely associated with Christmas tradition. The American holly (I. opaca), native to the E United States, is very similar; both are so popular for their decorative spiny leaves and red berries that they are becoming scarce. The hard white wood of both species is used for cabinetmaking and related purposes; it is close grained and polishes easily. Maté, Yerba maté, or Paraguay tea (I. paraguariensis) is very important commercially in S South America as the source of a popular tealike beverage. Guayusa (I. guayusa) is similarly important in Ecuador. Teas and medicinal preparations are also made from some other members of the family, e.g., yaupon and winterberry, or feverbush, both of E North America. Wild or mountain holly (Nemopanthus mucronata) is a deciduous shrub of E North America. Many species of this family are cultivated as ornamentals. Holly is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Celastrales, family Aquifoliaceae.
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