Translation of jolly in Spanish:


jovial, adj.

Pronunciation /ˈdʒɑli//ˈdʒɒli/


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    (person) jovial
    (person) alegre
    (laugh/tune) alegre
    he was in a jolly mood estaba de muy buen talante
    • On-board entertainment including the relentlessly jolly children's club and the cabaret kept us busy until bedtime.
    • So it is a bit odd that the nations choose to come here for a jolly festival of running, jumping and splashing about.
    • I try to always send him out the door happy and looking forward to his day and encourage him to be cheerful and jolly.
    • Oh, it's been a jolly time, all those years laughing and talking and partying with Steve.
    • The conservatory was bright with warmth and a jolly mood.
    • Arian was getting up to leave when a jolly looking, red headed giant of a man with sparkling gray eyes entered the room.
    • It wasn't like it was a big walk in the park, everybody was happy and jolly all the time and talking about their next project.
    • Tis the season to be jolly, yet somehow this is also the season to be socially responsible.
    • He clapped with a jolly laugh as he emerged from the darkness.
    • Sing-alongs, puppets and a pinch of magic all make for a jolly time at the theatre and a happy ending of course.
    • A pristine set - punctuated with jolly crowd banter is what one comes to expect from Reuben, and they never fail to deliver.
    • He's laughing down the phone and it's a pity I can't see him smile, because on his dust-jackets he looks such a jolly fellow.
    • Evoking the jolly spirit of regattas the rowing centre has a festive functionalism that sits lightly on the earth.
    • He had a jolly laugh and his belly shook when he was really amused by something, and his wise old eyes lit up with mischief right before he'd ask you a riddle.
    • Another book signing and talk with hundreds of cheerful, jolly people.
    • He was a jolly young fellow and always seemed to be happy and smiling.
    • He presented each child with a certificate of achievement and his jolly and good humoured manner went down a treat with all.
    • He smiled, jolly creases appearing on his chubby face.
    • He has a jolly, ready laugh and mannerisms like an absentminded professor.
    • Bizarrely the poster shows a jolly, alfresco party, possibly by an unseen pool.
    • Back at base, Alec arrives looking his usual jolly self, full of anticipation and excitement about the coming evening as he chats with the rest of the crew.
    • We see commercials and movies where everyone's so damn happy and jolly.
    • The reaction it brought in cinemas was a jolly laugh.
    • And she knows just how tough it will be not being able to join in the jolly banter on a busy evening.
    • He is a jolly soul, smiling at every opportunity and applauding his opponents' shots as if having a knockabout in the park.
    • Mykela was remembered as a jolly little angel, full of life and mischief.
    • Before it was a happy, jolly place and now it is like Fort Knox.
    • It's almost sad that Mad Mel is on holiday, her reactions to such a jolly entertainment would be a treat.
    • But, he remembers, there was that place in Wales where, as a student, he and his friends had that jolly time, and where the landlady was so accommodating.
    • Parents and children sit in a circle, sing songs, play instruments - drums are, perhaps not surprisingly, very popular - enjoy a few musical games and generally have a jolly time.
    • She was all very jolly and laughing and joking with us and over a quarter of an hour we learned quite a bit about her and that she was waiting to see a doctor there.
    • Gatlin entertained rich clients with his jolly wit.
    • His family described Michael this week as a jolly, happy little lad, who had just turned two years old on May 3 last.
  • 2Britishdated, informal

    we got together and it was all very jolly nos reunimos y lo pasamos muy bien
    • the jolly old school el viejo y querido colegio



  • 1

    it's a jolly good thing I came menos mal que vine
    • you were jolly lucky! ¡qué suerte tuviste!
    • you'll do as you're jolly well told! ¡tú harás lo que se te diga y sanseacabó!
    • I've finished — jolly good! ya he terminado — ¡muy bien! / ¡estupendo!
    • it's jolly difficult es superdifícil

transitive verb


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    I had to jolly him into going tuve que insistir para que se animara a ir
    • to jolly sb along animar a algn



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    viajecito pagado masculine informal
    to get one's jollies from sth obtener placer de algo