Definitions

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  • n. Jollity; noisy mirth

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Jollity; noisy mirth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being jolly; gaiety; festivity; jollity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. feeling jolly and jovial and full of good humor

Etymologies

Middle English (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This arrangement was very satisfactory to all parties, and Blanche remarked that, apart from the "jolliness" of being together, she would have an easy time, because, as Marjory was an invalid, there could be no scoldings.

    Hunter's Marjory A Story for Girls

  • Presented by old hand Angus Deayton, it was a jolly listen, with most of the jolliness provided by Miles Jupp's dad, who gave the answers for Miles's round, and Rufus Hound, who has quite the most infectious chuckle on radio.

    Rewind radio: The Archers; Victoria Derbyshire; Keys and Gray; It's Your Round – review

  • Sarah, meanwhile, in a Stepford Wife-like sing songy voice skips around the campgrounds with a jolliness that is almost as troubling as Kate's Debbie-downer demeanor.

    Jessica Levinson: Clash of the Titans: An Ode to Sarah Palin

  • Love is actually the working theme here -- falling in love with someone else who loves you for the fat person you are, in an American culture that at once acknowledges its obesity-related health issues and then wishes them away with hugs and jolliness.

    Roly-poly rom-com 'Mike & Molly' wears a bit thin

  • I am sad to admit I kinda dig this for the whimsical jolliness aspect.

    Regretsy – Regretsy Math

  • It entails boy's-adventure jolliness, raffish character comedy, social satire, dialect humor, maybe-metaphorical farce, a parody of morbidly sentimental verse.

    Books on Southern Humor

  • There always seemed to be a forced jolliness and a rather grim determination to see the New Year in with style, that usually left me with a flat feeling of failed expectations the next morning.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • “So, what have my girls been doing?” he asked with a forced jolliness, looking back and forth between them.

    The False Hope of a Robin

  • In Iceland joy comes from embracing failure, in Bhutan “Gross National Happiness” is a governmental priority, and in Thailand not thinking is the path to jolliness.

    Hot Type

  • With all that jolliness aside, Happy Holidays everyone.

    My Christmas Suspicions « Whatever

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