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jolly

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When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him; and you are torn by the thought of the unhappiness and night you cast, by the mere fact of living, in the hearts you encounter.
Albert Camus
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English

Etymology

From Old French joli[1], merry, probably from Old Norse jól [2], a midwinter feast, later Christmas (Danish jul), itself akin to Gothic (𐍆𐍂𐌿𐌼𐌰 (fruma)) 𐌾𐌹𐌿𐌻𐌴𐌹𐍃 (jiuleis), (month) July)[3].

Pronunciation

Adjective

jolly (comparative jollier, superlative jolliest)

Positive
jolly

Comparative
jollier

Superlative
jolliest

  1. Full of high and merry spirits; jovial.

Noun

Singular
jolly

Plural
jollies

jolly (jollies)
  1. (UK) a pleasure trip or excursion

Adverb

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Positive
jolly

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. (UK, dated) very, extremely

Idiom

Verb

Infinitive
to jolly

Third person singular
jollies

Simple past
jollied

Past participle
-

Present participle
jollying

to jolly (third-person singular simple present jollies, present participle jollying, simple past and past participle jollied)
  1. To amuse or divert

Italian

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈdʒolli/

Noun

jolly m. (plural: jolly)

  1. joker (playing card)
  2. wild card

References

  • Notes:
  1. ^ Etymology
  2. ^ Etymology
  3. ^ Etymology of the Old Norse word

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