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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR JOLLY

And yet there ought to be so much to do here; it's all so fresh and roomy and jolly.

"I suppose I've jolly well got to take it," said Banstead, unruffled.

It's a jolly sight better than sentiment when it comes to marrying.

A friend and a tent, a jug of whisky and a lot of jolly good tobacco.

We were a jolly set; most of us poor as church mice, and caring little.

Pass on, with your burden of mortality, And lay it in the tomb with jolly hearts.

It would be jolly to have Katy to help her prepare the lunch.

A jolly tanner observes: "I'll get a compartment to oursels."

But it wasn't my business, and I was jolly glad to be rid of him as it happened.

And what's worse, it was my turn to try that jolly old bunk.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300 (late 13c. as a surname), from Old French jolif "festive, merry, amorous, pretty" (12c.) of uncertain origin (cf. Italian giulivo "merry, pleasant").

Perhaps a Germanic loan-word from a source akin to Old Norse jol "a winter feast" (see yule), or from Latin gaudere "to rejoice," from PIE *gau- "to rejoice" (see joy). For loss of -f, cf. tardy, hasty. Related: Jollily; jolliness.

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