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See also: Merry and Merrý



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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), Ancient Greek βραχύς(brakhús, short).


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.
    • 1883, Howard Pyle, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood Chapter V
      If I have the chance, I will make our worshipful Sheriff pay right well for that which he hath done to me. Maybe I may bring him some time into Sherwood Forest and have him to a right merry feast with us.
    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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