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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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Glad to find you so merry, my girls," said a cheery voice at the door, and actors and audience turned to welcome a tall, motherly lady with a `can I help you' look about her which was truly delightful.
There was a merry party around the table at dinner, though now and then Ned noticed that Tom had an abstracted and preoccupied air.
The mosquitoes made merry over her, biting her firm, round arms and nipping at her bare insteps.
The horns of the victors sounded merry and cheerful flourishes, until the last laggard of the camp was at his post; but the instant the British fifes had blown their shrill signal, they became mute.
When Phoebe broke into a peal of merry laughter at what she read, he would now and then laugh for sympathy, but oftener respond with a troubled, questioning look.
Or art thou one of those naughty elfs or fairies whom we thought to have left behind us, with other relics of Papistry, in merry old England?
He came clattering up to the school-door with an invitation to Ichabod to attend a merry - making or "quilting-frolic," to be held that evening at Mynheer Van Tassel's; and having, delivered his message with that air of importance and effort at fine language which a negro is apt to display on petty embassies of the kind, he dashed over the brook, and was seen scampering, away up the Hollow, full of the importance and hurry of his mission.
If hereafter any highly cultured, poetical nation shall lure back to their birth-right, the merry May-day gods of old; and livingly enthrone them again in the now egotistical sky; in the now unhaunted hill; then be sure, exalted to Jove's high seat, the great Sperm Whale shall lord it.
She was a plump, trim, tidy little woman, with smooth, dark hair, dark eyes, and a merry little mouth.
growled Scrooge, as if that were the only one thing in the world more ridiculous than a merry Christmas.
Well, you see, sir," he continued, instinctively lowering his voice to a confidential impressiveness, "he married an actress; a noble lady too she was, a fine dashing merry lady as ever you saw.
Maybe you don't count it nothing to have a real college doctor to see you every day--you, John, with your head broke--or you, George Merry, that had the ague shakes upon you not six hours agone, and has your eyes the colour of lemon peel to this same moment on the clock?