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Define the English word jollily below. Jollily is an adverb. Also define these 2 related words and terms: jolly, and dimity.



jolly +‎ -ly


jollily (comparative more jollily, superlative most jollily)

  1. In a jolly manner.
    • 14th c., Geoffrey Chaucer (translator), The Romaunt of the Rose, lines 2245-2249,[1]
      ffor pride is founde, in every part,
      Contrarie unto loves Art.
      And he that loveth, trewly
      Shulde hym contene iolily,
      Without pride in sondry wise,
      And hym disgysen in queyntise.
    • 1782, Laurence Sterne, “Remainder of the Story of Trim’s Brother” in The Beauties of Sterne: including all his pathetic tales, and most distinguished observations on life, London: T. Davies et al., p. 74,[2]
      Every servant in the family, from high to low, wished Tom success, and I can fancy, an’ please your honour, I see him this moment with his white dimity waistcoat and breeches, and hat a little o’one side, passing jollily along the street, swinging his stick, with a smile and a cheerful word for every body he met.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, Chapter 99,[3]
      There’s a sermon now, writ in high heaven, and the sun goes through it every year, and yet comes out of it all alive and hearty. Jollily he, aloft there, wheels through toil and trouble []
    • 1966, Anthony Burgess, Tremor of Intent: An Eschatological Spy Novel, London: Heinemann, Part III, Chapter 3,
      They stiffened when they saw Hillier, ready to throw him a salute, but he waved at them jollily as he marched through, singing.
    • Dimity definition
      A light strong fabric with woven stripes or squares.