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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.merriness - the trait of merry jokingmerriness - the trait of merry joking    
levity - a manner lacking seriousness




(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
References in classic literature ?
"Where are we at?" she asked them, with a merriness that concealed her anxiety at heart.
But confronted with real politics and hard facts, Charles retreated into cynicism and duplicity and, says Starkey, "I expect Boris will do the same." Enjoy the merriness. It may not last.
The best way to install a dose of merriness to the living room is to add touches of natural elements including greenery, animal-inspired prints and figurines, shiny metallic accessories and winter whites.
Made by the BLVR creative team, this wrapping paper is full of heart and merriness. Purchasers get 4 custom designed (19.5" x 28.5") sheets printed on premium paper.

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