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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

Americal Dictionary of the English Language

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Jolly

JOL'LY, adjective

1. Merry; gay; lively; full of life and mirth; jovial. It expresses more life and noise than cheerful; as a jolly troop of huntsmen.

[It is seldom applied in colloquial usage to respectable company. We rarely say of respectable persons, they are jolly It is applied to the young and the vulgar.]

2. Expressing mirth or inspiring it.

And with his jolly pipe delights the groves.

The coachman is swelled into jolly dimensions by frequent potations of malt liquors.

3. Exciting mirth and gayety; as jolly May.

4. Like one in high health; pretty.