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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
References in classic literature ?
and followed it instantly with "Dixie," that antidote for melancholy, merriest and gladdest of all military music on any side of the ocean - and that was the end.
In a tight sky-blue suit that made his arms and legs like German sausages, or roly-poly puddings, he was the merriest and most miserable of all the boys.
Only look about you: blood is being spilt in streams, and in the merriest way, as though it were champagne.
Fire-flies hung in bright clusters on the dewy leaves, that waved in the cool night-wind; and the flowers stood gazing, in very wonder, at the little Elves, who lay among the fern-leaves, swung in the vine-boughs, sailed on the lake in lily cups, or danced on the mossy ground, to the music of the hare-bells, who rung out their merriest peal in honor of the night.
The luck had turned, and Groslow, having won some hundred pistoles, was in the merriest possible humor.
If you, dearest Julia, were approaching the altar the bell would ring out its merriest peal.
Sire had made each of the children her playmate in turn, and now made Grandfather her playmate too, and thought him the merriest of them all.
From this time, the uninvited guest was taken into favor; his jokes began to be relished; his careless, free and easy air, to be considered singularly amusing; and in the end, he was pronounced by the travellers one of the merriest companions and most entertaining vagabonds they had met with in the wilderness.
Poyser, who was in his merriest mood, and felt that he had had a great day, "a bit o' pleasuring's good for thee sometimes.
Him also it loved because on occasions of stress he was used to tuck up his cassock and charge with the rest into the merriest of the fray, where he always found, good man, that the saints sent him a revolver when there was a fallen private to be protected, or - but this came as an afterthought his own gray head to be guarded.
He should preserve in a new company the same attitude of mind and reality of relation which his daily associates draw him to, else he is shorn of his best beams, and will be an orphan in the merriest club.
Moliere, on the other hand, quite delighted at having made such a capital rough sketch, and at knowing where to find his original again, whenever he should desire to convert his sketch into a picture, Moliere arrived in the merriest of moods.