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Etymology 1 [ edit ]
Middle English , mery , merie , mirie , myrie , murie , from murȝe 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 ” ), dialectal Norwegian myrjel ( “ small object, figurine ” ), Latin brevis ( “ short, small, narrow, shallow ” ), Ancient Greek βραχύς ( brakhús, “ short ” ). Doublet of .
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Adjective [ edit ]
merry ( comparative , merrier superlative )
Jolly and full of high spirits; happy.
We had a very merry Christmas.
c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “ The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies ( First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, , [Act V, scene i]: OCLC 606515358 I am neuer merry when I heare ſweet muſique. 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, H.L. Brækstad, transl., Folk and Fairy Tales, page 281: I felt comforted by the song of the redbreast, and I thought I felt less lonely and deserted as long as I heard the merry notes of the thrush.
Festive and full of fun and laughter.
Everyone was merry at the party.
The play moved along at a merry pace. The car moved at a merry clip. Causing laughter, mirth, gladness, or delight.
a merry jest ( euphemistic ) drunk; tipsy
Some of us got a little merry at the office Christmas party.
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( jolly ) : , cheerful , content , ecstatic , exultant , gay , happy , jovial , joyful ; see also pleased Thesaurus:happy
( festive ) : , convivial , gay jovial
( brisk ) : , energetic , lively ; see also spirited Thesaurus:active
( causing laughter ) : , delightful gladful ( drunk ) : , lushy , muzzy ; see also squiffy Thesaurus:drunk
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jolly and full of high-spirits
festive and full of fun and laughter
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Etymology 2 [ edit ]
merry ( plural )
An English wild cherry.
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