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From Middle English merie, mirie, myrie, murie, murȝe, from Old English meriġe, miriġe, myriġe, myreġe, myrġe (pleasing, agreeable; pleasant, sweet, delightful; melodious), from Proto-Germanic *murguz (short, slow), from Proto-Indo-European *mréǵʰus (short). Cognate with Scots mery, mirry (merry), Middle Dutch mergelijc (pleasant, agreeable, joyful), Old High German murg, murgi ("short, brief"; > German murk (short, lazy)), Norwegian dialectal myrjel (small object, figurine), Latin brevis (short, small, narrow, shallow).


merry (comparative merrier, superlative merriest)

  1. Jolly and full of high spirits
    We had a very merry Christmas.
    • Shakespeare
      I am never merry when I hear sweet music.
  2. Festive and full of fun and laughter
    Everyone was merry at the party.
  3. Brisk
    The play moved along at a merry pace.
  4. Causing laughter, mirth, gladness, or delight.
    a merry jest
    • Spenser
      merry wind and weather
  5. (euphemistic) drunk; tipsy
    Some of us got a little merry at the office Christmas party.

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