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merry man

n.

"companion in arms, follower of a knight, outlaw, etc.," is attested from late 14c., from merry (adj.) + man (n.). Related: Merry men.

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Examples from the Web for merry man

Historical Examples

  • As long fives the merry-man, as the wretch for all the craft he can.

    A Collection of Scotch Proverbs

    Anonymous

  • The Merry-man and his maid, however, tell us that they can sing and dance too, a wonderful accomplishment.