|1.||[ adjective ] full of or showing high-spirited merriment|
|Synonyms:||merry gay jovial mirthful jocund|
"when hearts were young and gay" "the jolly crowd at the reunion" "jolly old Saint Nick" "a jovial old gentleman" "have a merry Christmas" "peals of merry laughter" "a mirthful laugh"
|2.||[ verb ] be silly or tease one another|
|Synonyms:||kid chaff banter josh|
"After we relaxed, we just kidded around"
|Related terms:||tease banter|
|3.||[ adverb ] intensifier, as in "pretty big"|
"pretty bad" (`jolly' is used informally in Britain as in "jolly decent of him")
|Related terms:||UK colloquialism|
|4.||[ noun ] (British) a happy party|
|Related terms:||party UK|
|5.||[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 1819|
|6.||[ noun ] (nautical,transportation) a yawl used by a ship's sailors for general work|