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

 

jolly

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈdʒɒli//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒɑːli//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they jolly
BrE BrE//ˈdʒɒli//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒɑːli//
 
he / she / it jollies
BrE BrE//ˈdʒɒliz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒɑːliz//
 
past simple jollied
BrE BrE//ˈdʒɒlid//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒɑːlid//
 
past participle jollied
BrE BrE//ˈdʒɒlid//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒɑːlid//
 
-ing form jollying
BrE BrE//ˈdʒɒliɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒɑːliɪŋ//
 
 
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(jollies, jollying, jollied, jollied) Word Origin Middle 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. Phrasal Verbsjolly somebody alongjolly somebody into somethingjolly somebody up
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: jolly