‘loud, fast, a kind of general utility word’ (F&H).
|‘English Sl.’ in Eve. Telegram (N.Y.) 9 Dec. 1/5: Let us present a few specimens:– [...] ‘My gay and festive cuss.’ (Artemus Ward).|
|‘’Arry on Niggers’ in Punch 15 Mar. 113/2: He’s off with the 17th Lancers to kibosh the festive Zulu.|
|Sorrows of a Show Girl Ch. x: They just naturally decorated her with the festive bug and told her to take a whirl at vaudeville or something else real mean.|
|Rose of Spadgers 51: If you are flush in Spadgers, ’tain’t good form / To git too festive.‘Nocturne’ in|
|Sudden 9: ‘Don’t get festive with me, fella,’ he warned.|