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



BrE BrE//ˈdʒɒli//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒɑːli//
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  • (British English) a trip that you make for enjoyment
  • 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 (informal) to get pleasure or have fun He’s one of those sad guys who gets his jollies from lurking in chat rooms.