Before the return trip to St. George, the final tour stop is lunch at the merry Wives Café.
No sound, no voices, no music, no merry glugging of martinis.
Because we all grew up initially thinking it was “God Rest Ye, merry Gentlemen.”
In a Japanese animated series, the merry Men presented a strong pro-environmental message.
Caitlin Dickson and Lizzie Crocker join the merry band of revelers.
They had such a merry time that Fleetfoot could not keep still.
The baby was very well, and merry, and grew, of course; but still it was very small.
As I was saying, why should I pretend to be pensive and doleful, when I am as merry as a lark?
My guide was a merry rower and the voyage was delightful, but we caught nothing.
My father, Mr. merry, the Spanish minister, are all men of affairs.
Old English myrge "pleasing, agreeable, pleasant, sweet; pleasantly, melodiously," from Proto-Germanic *murgijaz, which probably originally meant "short-lasting," (cf. Old High German murg "short," Gothic gamaurgjan "to shorten"), from PIE *mreghu- "short" (see brief (adj.)). The only exact cognate for meaning outside English was Middle Dutch mergelijc "joyful."
Connection to "pleasure" is likely via notion of "making time fly, that which makes the time seem to pass quickly" (cf. German Kurzweil "pastime," literally "a short time;" Old Norse skemta "to amuse, entertain, amuse oneself," from skamt, neuter of skammr "short"). There also was a verbal form in Old English, myrgan "be merry, rejoice." For vowel evolution, see bury (v.).
Bot vchon enle we wolde were fyf, þe mo þe myryer. [c.1300]The word had much wider senses in Middle English, e.g. "pleasant-sounding" (of animal voices), "fine" (of weather), "handsome" (of dress), "pleasant-tasting" (of herbs). Merry-bout "an incident of sexual intercourse" was low slang from 1780. Merry-begot "illegitimate" (adj.), "bastard" (n.) is from 1785. Merrie England (now frequently satirical or ironic) is 14c. meri ingland, originally in a broader sense of "bountiful, prosperous." Merry Monday was a 16c. term for "the Monday before Shrove Tuesday" (Mardi Gras).