merry

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See also: Merry and Merrý

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From Middle English mery, 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), Norwegian dialectal myrjel (small object, figurine), Latin brevis (short, small, narrow, shallow), Ancient Greek βραχύς (brakhús, short). Doublet of brief.

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merry (comparative merrier, superlative merriest)

  1. Jolly and full of high spirits.
    We had a very merry Christmas.
  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
  5. (euphemistic) drunk; tipsy
    Some of us got a little merry at the office Christmas party.
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French merise

Noun[edit]

merry (plural merries)

  1. An English wild cherry.

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