English, AfrikaansShow more From jolverb + English (or Afrikaans) agential suffix -er.
1.One who frequents low places of entertainment; an unsavoury, thuggish youth. Also attributive.
1963L.F. FreedCrime in S. Afr. 105A distinction is drawn in the half-world between the terms ‘ducktail’ and ‘joller’...The term ‘joller’ is believed to have originated from the Afrikaans word ‘jol’, meaning a festive party. People who attended such parties were accordingly referred to as ‘jollers’, but the word has degenerated in meaning and now signifies any person who ‘celebrates’ any and every occasion by fighting, swearing, drinking, and smoking dagga.
1971E. HigginsInformant, GrahamstownThe others in the residence..think he is not enough of a joller ou because he takes his intellectual commitments too seriously.
1978Sunday Times 8 Oct. (Mag. Sect.) 16His pal, Stevie, is..a ‘joller’ with a tremendous sense of fun whose attitude to life is one of careless abandon.
1983Sunday Times 18 Sept. (Lifestyle) 1Blossom — a dedicated joller from Bez Valley who for years graced (or disgraced) the pages of fashion mags.
1985Cape Times 23 Oct.Francis of Assissi..wasn’t always saintly. In fact, he was something of a joller in his youth.
1986Style May 41I’m always gated. That’s why I’m not a joller.
1986Cape Times 28 Jan. 16 (advt)Ideologically sound joller required to share..house.
1989Weekly Mail 13 Oct. 36A chic supper club attracting the older, more moneyed jollers.
1990A. Rice inFrontline Dec. 15Nine million potential revellers, nine million partygoers perhaps, maybe even nine million merrymakers, but jollers? You don’t get many of them to the hectare in good old London town.
1993S. Garratt inCape Argus 12 Aug. (Tonight) 6Any experienced joller will tell you that there is one time when peace really does reign, and that’s the morning after.
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