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merry

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adjective mer·ry \ˈmer-ē, ˈme-rē\

Simple Definition of merry

  • : very happy and cheerful : feeling or showing joy and happiness

  • : causing joy and happiness

Full Definition of merry

mer·ri·ermer·ri·est

  1. 1 archaic :  giving pleasure :  delightful

  2. 2 :  full of gaiety or high spirits :  mirthful

  3. 3 :  marked by festivity or gaiety

  4. 4 :  quick, brisk <a merry pace>

mer·ri·ly play \ˈmer-ə-lē, ˈme-rə-\ adverb
mer·ri·ness play \ˈmer-ē-nəs, ˈme-rē-\ noun

Examples of merry

  1. Let's eat, drink, and be merry!

  2. They sang a merry little song.



Origin of merry

Middle English mery, from Old English myrge, merge; akin to Old High German murg short — more at brief


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of merry

merry, blithe, jocund, jovial, jolly mean showing high spirits or lightheartedness. merry suggests cheerful, joyous, uninhibited enjoyment of frolic or festivity <a merry group of revelers>. blithe suggests carefree, innocent, or even heedless gaiety <arrived late in his usual blithe way>. jocund stresses elation and exhilaration of spirits <singing, dancing, and jocund feasting>. jovial suggests the stimulation of conviviality and good fellowship <dinner put them in a jovial mood>. jolly suggests high spirits expressed in laughing, bantering, and jesting <our jolly host enlivened the party>.



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