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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). Doublet of brief.



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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