jollily


jollily
jollily, jolly adverbs.
Jolly is used as a colloquial substitute for very (A jolly good idea / You know jolly well). The adverb meaning ‘in a jolly manner’ is jollily, although awkwardness of articulation reduces its use when in a jolly manner (or way) is available instead.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Jollily — Jol li*ly, adv. In a jolly manner. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jollily — Ⅰ. jolly [1] ► ADJECTIVE (jollier, jolliest) 1) happy and cheerful. 2) lively and entertaining. ► VERB (jollies, jollied) informal ▪ encourage in a friendly …   English terms dictionary

  • jollily — lə̇lē, li adverb Etymology: Middle English jolifly, jolily, from jolif, joly + ly : in a jolly manner : cheerfully passing jollily along the street Laurence Sterne …   Useful english dictionary

  • jollily — See jolly. * * * …   Universalium

  • jollily — adverb in a jolly manner …   Wiktionary

  • jollily — adv. happily, merrily, mirthfully …   English contemporary dictionary

  • jollily — jol·li·ly …   English syllables

  • jolly — jollily, jolly adverbs. Jolly is used as a colloquial substitute for very (A jolly good idea / You know jolly well). The adverb meaning ‘in a jolly manner’ is jollily, although awkwardness of articulation reduces its use when in a jolly manner… …   Modern English usage

  • jolly — jollily, adv. jolliness, n. /jol ee/, adj., jollier, jolliest, v., jollied, jollying, n., pl. jollies, adv. adj. 1. in good spirits; gay; merry: In a moment he was as jolly as ever. 2. cheerfully festive or convivial: a jolly party …   Universalium

  • -lily — Few adjectives in ly form adverbs in lily because they are too awkward to use. As Fowler noted (1926), ‘it is always possible to say in a masterly manner, at a timely moment, and the like, instead of masterlily, timelily’. Some adjectives in ly… …   Modern English usage


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