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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 ?
There is an admirable foundation for a philosophic romance in the curious history of the early settlement of Mount Wollaston, or Merry Mount.
Bright were the days at Merry Mount, when the Maypole was the banner staff of that gay colony
IN MERRY ENGLAND in the time of old, when good King Henry the Second ruled the land, there lived within the green glades of Sherwood Forest, near Nottingham Town, a famous outlaw whose name was Robin Hood.
It was at the dawn of day in the merry Maytime, when hedgerows are green and flowers bedeck the meadows; daisies pied and yellow cuckoo buds and fair primroses all along the briery hedges; when apple buds blossom and sweet birds sing, the lark at dawn of day, the throstle cock and cuckoo; when lads and lasses look upon each other with sweet thoughts; when busy housewives spread their linen to bleach upon the bright green grass.
1-26) Muse, tell me about Pan, the dear son of Hermes, with his goat's feet and two horns -- a lover of merry noise.
For there, though a god, he used to tend curly-fleeced sheep in the service of a mortal man, because there fell on him and waxed strong melting desire to wed the rich-tressed daughter of Dryops, and there be brought about the merry marriage.
But you can never tell what will affect the superstitious, and to my wonder, George Merry was greatly relieved.
Soon they were chatting together, with intervals of listening; and not long after, hearing no further sound, they shouldered the tools and set forth again, Merry walking first with Silver's compass to keep them on the right line with Skeleton Island.
The merry man was the first to greet the strangers with a nod; and following the old man's eyes, he observed that perhaps that was the first time he had ever seen a Punch off the stage.
I can now travel into the wide world, and make myself merry.
I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a schoolboy.
And the worst of it was that her merry eye was in partnership with a merry tongue.