Definition of jolly hockey sticks in English:

jolly hockey sticks


  • (in imitations of speech associated with a type of upper-class English schoolgirl) used to express boisterous enthusiasm or excitement.

    ‘Hurrah and jolly hockey sticks! The Royals are once again out in force for another season of one-day events’
    • ‘Jolly hockey sticks! Another mad VAT case.’
    • ‘In the middle of a depression it's just what we need - a book showing us how the rich spend their time - having parties! Jolly hockey sticks!’
    • ‘She was wearing a gym slip, exactly like those worn by schoolgirls who exercise daily and shout "Oh jolly hockey sticks!"’
    • ‘Toodle pip and jolly hockey sticks to you, don't forget lashings of ginger beer.’
    • ‘Jolly hockey sticks - the vending machines sell alcohol!’
    • ‘Jolly hockey sticks! There was another train withn 15 minutes.’


  • Denoting or relating to a woman or girl having a boisterous or hearty manner regarded as characteristic of a type of upper-class English schoolgirl.

    ‘I know she's dreadfully jolly hockey sticks, but she does mean well’
    • ‘She is often accused of sounding like a headmistress of a girls' public school, part bossy, part jolly hockey sticks.’
    • ‘She starts out a very jolly hockey sticks sort of girl (or at least the Australian version of this).’
    • ‘Her English accent passes the jolly hockey sticks, Ascot-educated test.’
    • ‘She is not quite jolly hockey sticks but she is definitely on the same playing field.’
    • ‘It makes me nervous going to sessions not feeling all jolly hockey sticks about the work.’
    • ‘My PC crashed as I tried to post this first time round: clearly this is a case of computer karma for not being 100% jolly hockey sticks about the whole thing.’
    • ‘Its all a bit organized and safe and jolly hockey sticks, but the glacier walk is pretty interesting.’
    • ‘She seems terribly English in a jolly hockey sticks sort of way.’
    • ‘I knew some kids, usually of the jolly hockey sticks variety, who couldn't wait to tumble back into the classroom to see their pals.’