merriment


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mer·ri·ment

 (mĕr′ĭ-mənt)
n.
High-spirited fun and enjoyment; hilarity.

merriment

(ˈmɛrɪmənt)
n
gaiety, fun, or mirth

mer•ri•ment

(ˈmɛr ɪ mənt)

n.
1. cheerful or joyful gaiety; mirth; hilarity; laughter.
2. Obs. a cause of mirth; a jest, entertainment, etc.
[1570–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.merriment - a gay feelingmerriment - a gay feeling        
happiness - emotions experienced when in a state of well-being
jocularity, jocundity - a feeling facetious merriment
jolliness, jollity, joviality - feeling jolly and jovial and full of good humor
2.merriment - activities that are enjoyable or amusingmerriment - activities that are enjoyable or amusing; "I do it for the fun of it"; "he is fun to have around"
diversion, recreation - an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates; "scuba diving is provided as a diversion for tourists"; "for recreation he wrote poetry and solved crossword puzzles"; "drug abuse is often regarded as a form of recreation"

merriment

noun fun, amusement, glee, mirth, sport, laughter, festivity, frolic, gaiety, hilarity, revelry, jollity, levity, liveliness, conviviality, joviality, jocularity, merrymaking He jokes and ad-libs, to the general merriment of the audience.

merriment

noun
Translations
مَرَح، جَو مَرِح
veselý
lystighedmunterhed
glaîværî, kæti

merriment

[ˈmerɪmənt] Nalegría f, regocijo m; (= laughter) → risas fpl
at this there was much merrimentesto provocó muchas risas

merriment

[ˈmɛrɪmənt] n
(= fun) → gaieté f
(= laughter) → hilarité f

merriment

nHeiterkeit f, → Fröhlichkeit f; (= laughter)Gelächter nt; at this there was much merrimentdas erregte allgemeine Heiterkeit, das rief großes Gelächter hervor

merriment

[ˈmɛrɪmənt] nallegria, gaiezza; (laughter) → ilarità f inv

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
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Wardle was in the very height of his jollity; and he was so funny in his management of the board, and the old ladies were so sharp after their winnings, that the whole table was in a perpetual roar of merriment and laughter.
As if responding to them but with a different sort of merriment, the metallic sound of the bells reverberated high above and the hot rays of the sun bathed the top of the opposite slope with yet another sort of merriment.
Hugh laughed again, and with such thorough abandonment to his mad humour, that his limbs seemed dislocated, and his whole frame in danger of tumbling to pieces; but Mr Tappertit, so far from receiving this extreme merriment with any irritation, was pleased to regard it with the utmost favour, and even to join in it, so far as one of his gravity and station could, with any regard to that decency and decorum which men in high places are expected to maintain.
His fellow-travellers at first did not know him, but supposed it to be some vagrant Root Digger sneaking into the camp; but when they recognized in this forlorn object their prime wag, She-wee-she, whom they had seen depart in the morning in such high glee and high feather, they could not contain their merriment, but hailed him with loud and repeated peals of laughter.
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.
The General spoke very earnestly and impressively, but when he had finished the bear-man began to laugh as if much amused, and his laughter seemed to be echoed by a chorus of merriment from an unseen multitude.
Men and women danced in moccasins, and the place was soon a-roar, Burning Daylight the centre of it and the animating spark, with quip and jest and rough merriment rousing them out of the slough of despond in which he had found them.
There was laughter and merriment on every side, and everybody was having a royal good time.
Her corn-cake, in all its varieties of hoe-cake, dodgers, muffins, and other species too numerous to mention, was a sublime mystery to all less practised compounders; and she would shake her fat sides with honest pride and merriment, as she would narrate the fruitless efforts that one and another of her compeers had made to attain to her elevation.
But the broadest merriment was excited by a group of figures ridiculously dressed in old regimentals, which seemed to have been purchased at a military rag fair, or pilfered from some receptacle of the cast-off clothes of both the French and British armies.
Sometimes he would walk a long distance, gazing aloft at the great white swelling clouds that moved slowly across the deep blue sky; anon he would stop and drink in the fullness of life of all things, for the hedgerows were budding tenderly and the grass of the meadows was waxing long and green; again he would stand still and listen to the pretty song of the little birds in the thickets or hearken to the clear crow of the cock daring the sky to rain, whereat he would laugh, for it took but little to tickle Robin's heart into merriment.
Some of those standing by laughed--in fact every one present did so, but probably it was my own figure or the incident of my shoes--more particularly the latter--that excited merriment, for I am sure it was not meant ill-naturedly.

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