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See also: Merch. and merc'h



Clipping of merchandise.



merch (uncountable)

  1. (slang) merchandise
    • 2007, February 15, “Eric Wilson”, in Babes in Label Land[1]:
      His playful point of view on youthful American sportswear, expressed in boxy mohair jackets with graphic resin bubble buttons and tomboy T-shirt dresses in superfine chiffon as bright as tangerine sorbet, is backed up with what stores would describe as the merch: easy scoop-neck cashmere sweaters in a mix of colors, lightweight T-shirts and sheared mink Army caps.
    • 2012, Jesse Cannon, ‎Todd Thomas, Get More Fans: The DIY Guide to the New Music Business
      Many musicians make merch you can only get if you join the fanclub.


merch (third-person singular simple present merches, present participle merching, simple past and past participle merched)

  1. (slang, rare) merchandise
    • 1995, SPIN (volume 11, number 1, page 10)
      Maligned by rockers, misunderstood by critics, and merched by Madison Avenue, rave may be the only vital youth culture remaining.



From Proto-Brythonic *merx, from Proto-Celtic *merkā (compare Cornish myrgh, mergh, Breton merc’h), from Proto-Indo-European *méryos (boy, girl) (compare Scottish Gaelic smarach (lad), Latin marītus (husband), Ancient Greek μεῖραξ (meîrax, boy, girl), Old Armenian մարի (mari)). Related to morwyn.



merch f (plural merched)

  1. daughter
  2. girl, maiden
    Peidiwch â phoeni'r merched yn y babell nesa.Don't pester the girls in the next tent.

Coordinate terms[edit]

  • mab (son)
  • mam (mother)
  • tad (father)


Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
merch ferch unchanged unchanged
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further reading[edit]

  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950-), “merch”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies