adjective meaning gay, cheerful, jovial, high-spirited
The colloquial use of the
See also:term as an intensive adverb, meaning extremely, very, was in early usage quite
See also:literary; thus
See also:John Trapp (1601-1669), Commentaries on the New Testament,
See also:Matthew (1647), writes, " All was
See also:jolly quiet at Ephesus before St Paul came hither." In the royal
See also:navy " jolly " used as a substantive, is the
See also:slang name for a marine . To " jolly " is a slang synonym for " chaff." The word " jolly-
See also:boat," the name of a
See also:ship's small broad boat, usually
See also:clinker-built, is of doubtful etymology . It occurs in
See also:English in the iSth century, and is usually connected with
See also:Dan. or Swed. jolle, Dutch jol, a small ship's boat; these words are properly represented in English by "
See also:yawl " originally a ship's small boat, now chiefly used of a rig of sailing vessels, with a cutter-rigged foremast and a small mizzen stepped far aft, with a spanker
See also:sail (see RIGGING) . A connexion has been suggested with a word of much earlier appearance in English, jolywat, or gellywatte . This occurs at the end of the 15th century and is used of a smaller type of ship's boat . This is supposed to be a corruption of the French galiote or Dutch galjoot, galliot (see
See also:GALLEY) . The galliot was, however, a large vessel .
SIR HENRI GUSTAVE JOLY DE LOTBINIERE (1829-1908)
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