Definition of jolly adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdʒɒli//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒɑːli//
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  • (old-fashioned, British English, informal) very That's a jolly good idea. It was jolly lucky it didn’t rain.
  • Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French jolif, an earlier form of joli ‘pretty’, perhaps from Old Norse jól, originally applied to a heathen festival lasting twelve days, later to Christmas.Idioms (old-fashioned, British English, informal) used to show that you approve of something that somebody has just said ‘I’ll be there by ten o’clock.’ ‘Jolly good!’ (old-fashioned, British English) used to emphasize a statement when you are annoyed about something If you don't come now, you can jolly well walk home!
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: jolly