—adj. 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.
5. Brit. a. Informal.great; thorough: a jolly blunderer. b. Slang.slightly drunk; tipsy.
—v.t. 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.
—v.i. Informal.to jolly a person; josh; kid.
—n. 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.
—adv. Brit. Informal.extremely; very: He'll jolly well do as he's told.