Definitions for: Merry


[adj] quick and energetic; "a brisk walk in the park"; "a lively gait"; "a merry chase"; "traveling at a rattling rate"; "a snappy pace"; "a spanking breeze"
[adj] offering fun and gaiety; "a gala ball after the inauguration"; "a festive (or festal) occasion"; "gay and exciting night life"; "a merry evening"
[adj] full of or showing high-spirited merriment; "when hearts were young and gay"; "a poet could not but be gay, in such a jocund company"- Wordsworth; "the jolly crowd at the reunion"; "jolly old Saint Nick"; "a jovial old gentleman"; "have a merry Christmas"; "peals of merry laughter"; "a mirthful laugh"



Webster (1913) Definition: Mer"ry, a. [Compar. Merrier; superl. Merriest.] [OE.
merie, mirie, murie, merry, pleasant, AS. merge, myrige,
pleasant; cf. murge, adv.; prob. akin to OHG. murg, short,
Goth. gama['u]rgjan to shorten; cf. L. murcus a coward, who
cuts off his thumb to escape military service; the
Anglo-Saxon and English meanings coming from the idea of
making the time seem short. Cf. Mirth.]
1. Laughingly gay; overflowing with good humor and good
spirits; jovial; inclined to laughter or play; sportive.

They drank, and were merry with him. --Gen. xliii.
34.

I am never merry when I hear sweet music. --Shak.



2. Cheerful; joyous; not sad; happy.

Is any merry ? let him sing psalms. --Jas. v. 13.

3. Causing laughter, mirth, gladness, or delight; as, ? merry
jest. ``Merry wind and weather.'' --Spenser.

Merry dancers. See under Dancer.

Merry men, followers; retainers. [Obs.]

His merie men commanded he To make him bothe game
and glee. --Chaucer.

To make merry, to be jovial; to indulge in hilarity; to
feast with mirth. --Judg. ix. 27.

Syn: Cheerful; blithe; lively; sprightly; vivacious; gleeful;
joyous; mirthful; jocund; sportive; hilarious.


Mer"ry, n. (Bot.)
A kind of wild red cherry.

Synonyms: brisk, energetic, festal, festive, gala(a), gay, jocund, jolly, jovial, joyous, lively, mirthful, rattling, snappy, spanking, zippy

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