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mer·ry

 (mĕr′ē)
adj. mer·ri·er, mer·ri·est
1. Full of cheerfulness, liveliness, and good feelings: merry revelers.
2. Marked by or offering fun, good feelings, and liveliness; festive: a merry evening.
3. Brisk: a merry pace.
4. Archaic Delightful or pleasing.

[Middle English merri, from Old English mirige, pleasant; see mregh-u- in Indo-European roots.]

mer′ri·ly adv.
mer′ri·ness n.

merry

(ˈmɛrɪ) or

merrie

adj, -rier or -riest
1. cheerful; jolly
2. very funny; hilarious
3. informal Brit slightly drunk
4. archaic delightful
5. make merry to revel; be festive
6. play merry hell with informal to disturb greatly; disrupt
[Old English merige agreeable]
ˈmerrily adv
ˈmerriness n

mer•ry

(ˈmɛr i)

adj. mer•ri•er, mer•ri•est.
1. full of cheerfulness or gaiety; joyous in disposition or spirit.
2. characterized by rejoicing or festive conviviality.
3. Archaic. causing happiness.
[before 900; < Old English mer(i)ge pleasant]
mer′ri•ly, adv.
mer′ri•ness, n.

merry

- First meant "peaceful" or "pleasant," which is what it first meant in "Merry Christmas."
See also related terms for pleasant.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.merry - full of or showing high-spirited merrimentmerry - 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"
joyous - full of or characterized by joy; "felt a joyous abandon"; "joyous laughter"
2.merry - offering fun and gaiety; "a festive (or festal) occasion"; "gay and exciting night life"; "a merry evening"
joyous - full of or characterized by joy; "felt a joyous abandon"; "joyous laughter"
3.merry - quick and energeticmerry - 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"
energetic - possessing or exerting or displaying energy; "an energetic fund raiser for the college"; "an energetic group of hikers"; "it caused an energetic chemical reaction"

merry

adjective
2. (Brit. informal) tipsy, happy, elevated (informal), mellow, tiddly (slang, chiefly Brit.), squiffy (Brit. informal) After a couple of glasses I was feeling a bit merry.
make merry have fun, celebrate, revel, have a good time, feast, frolic, enjoy yourself, large it (Brit. slang), carouse, make whoopee (informal) Neighbours went out into the streets and made merry together.
Quotations
"A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance" Bible: Proverbs

merry

adjective
1. Characterized by joyful exuberance:
2. Marked by festal celebration:
Translations
بَهِيجٌشِبه سَكْرانمَرِح
veselýčilýlehce podnapilý
gladlystigmunter
hauskailoinen
veseo
spiccesvidám
glaîlegur, líflegurgóîglaîur, hreifur
陽気な
즐거운
įkaušęslinksmybėspramogautojaspramogostriukšmingas linksminimasis
iereibis, ieskurbisjautrs, priecīgs
vesel
gladmunter
รื่นเริง
vui vẻ

merry

[ˈmerɪ] ADJ (merrier (compar) (merriest (superl)))
1. (= cheerful) [laughter, face, tune] → alegre
they were in a very merry moodestaban de muy buen humor
Robin Hood and his merry menRobin Hood y sus valientes compañeros
Merry Christmas!¡Feliz Navidad!
to make merry (liter) → divertirse
to go one's (own) merry way whatever advice you give her she just goes her own merry way (iro) → le des el consejo que le des, ella sigue haciendo su santa voluntad
to lead sb a merry dance (Brit) (iro) → enredar a algn
see also hell A1
see also more B2
2. (Brit) (= tipsy) → achispado, alegre
to get merryachisparse, ponerse alegre

merry

[ˈmɛri] adj
(= cheerful) → joyeux/euse
bursts of merry laughter → de joyeux éclats de rire
a merry little tune → un petit air gai
Merry Christmas! → Joyeux Noël!
A merry Christmas to all our readers → Un joyeux Noël à tous nos lecteurs.
(= tipsy) → gai(e)
He was rather merry after the office party → Il était plutôt gai après l'arrosage au bureau.
to get merry → prendre du bon temps
to make merry (= have a good time) (old-fashioned)prendre du bon temps
(humorous) to continue on one's merry way (= continue regardless) → continuer son petit bonhomme de cheminmerry-go-round [ˈmɛrigəʊraʊnd] n
(in fairground)manège m
(= whirl) → tourbillon m

merry

adj (+er)
(= cheerful)fröhlich, vergnügt, lustig; song, tunefröhlich; to make merrylustig und vergnügt sein; Merry Christmas!fröhliche or frohe Weihnachten!; a Merry Christmas to all our readersallen unseren Lesern ein frohes Weihnachtsfest; Merry Englanddas gute alte England
(fig) to lead somebody a merry dancejdn ganz schön an der Nase herumführen; to play merry hell with something (inf)etw total durcheinanderbringen; to give somebody merry hell (inf)jdm einheizen (inf); to go one’s merry wayseiner Wege gehen
(Brit inf: = tipsy) → beschwipst, angeheitert (inf); to get merrysich (dat)einen anpicheln (inf)

merry

:
merry-go-round
nKarussell nt
merrymaker
nFestgast m, → Feiernde(r) mf
merrymaking
nFeiern nt, → Belustigung f, → Lustbarkeit f (liter); after the merry had finishednach Beendigung des Festes or der Lustbarkeiten (liter)

merry

[ˈmɛrɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (cheerful) → allegro/a, gaio/a, festoso/a (Brit) (fam) (tipsy) → brillo/a
Merry Christmas! → Buon Natale!

merry

(ˈmeri) adjective
1. cheerful; noisily or laughingly lively etc. merry children; a merry party.
2. slightly drunk. He's been getting merry on whisky.
ˈmerrily adverb
ˈmerriness noun
ˈmerriment noun
fun and laughter. There was a great deal of merriment at the party.
ˈmerry-go-round noun
(American ˌcarouˈsel) a revolving ring of toy horses etc on which children ride at a fair.
ˈmerrymaking noun
cheerful celebration. all the merrymaking at Christmas.
ˈmerrymaker noun

merry

بَهِيجٌ veselý glad fröhlich χαρωπός alegre iloinen joyeux veseo contento 陽気な 즐거운 vrolijk lystig wesoły feliz веселый glad รื่นเริง şen şakrak vui vẻ 欢乐的
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Tom Cecial left him and went home, while he stayed behind meditating vengeance; and the history will return to him again at the proper time, so as not to omit making merry with Don Quixote now.
I confess that my imagination was more occupied with that picture of the two lovers making merry together in the moonlit dingle.
It was a singular and fantastic scene; suited to a region where everything is strange and peculiar:--These groups of trappers, and hunters, and Indians, with their wild costumes, and wilder countenances; their boisterous gayety, and reckless air; quaffing, and making merry round these sparkling fountains; while beside them lay their weep ons, ready to be snatched up for instant service.
Why, I see a table spread with all kinds of good things, and robbers sitting round it making merry.
As soon as the provocatively gay strains of Daniel Cooper (somewhat resembling those of a merry peasant dance) began to sound, all the doorways of the ballroom were suddenly filled by the domestic serfs- the men on one side and the women on the other- who with beaming faces had come to see their master making merry.
For, as he went his way through Sherwood, whistling a blithe tune, he came suddenly upon a group of Foresters, making merry beneath the spreading branches of an oak-tree.
Men's muscles move better when their souls are making merry music, though their merriment is of a poor blundering sort, not at all like the merriment of birds.
His spirit seemed to awaken from its sluggishness, and his memory brought back to him all the merry greenwood life--how the birds were singing blithely there this bright morning, and how his loved companions and friends were feasting and making merry, or perhaps talking of him with sober speech; for when he first entered the Sheriff's service he did so in jest; but the hearthstone was warm during the winter, and the fare was full, and so he had abided, putting off from day to day his going back to Sherwood, until six long months had passed.
If he that has a right to be master and ruler here is forced to squinch his thirst, when a-dry, with snow-Water, it ill becomes them that have lived by his bounty to be making merry, as if there was nothing in the world but sunshine and summer.
Give him his helmet, shield, and a couple of lances, and if he is the man he was when I first knew him in our house, drinking and making merry, he would soon lay his hands about these rascally suitors, were he to stand once more upon his own threshold.
So the Swallow flew over the great city, and saw the rich making merry in their beautiful houses, while the beggars were sitting at the gates.
Now when the people in the town and palace heard music coming from the tower they were filled with amazement, and came to the King with the news that witchcraft must be going on in Martin's Tower, for, instead of dying of starvation, he was seemingly making merry to the sound of music, and to the clatter of plates, and glass, and knives and forks; and the music was so enchantingly sweet that all the passers-by stood still to listen to it.