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merry man


"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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  • We shall have a merry time of it,” said he, “with a merry man for captain.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • The fact is that Mr. Harry Furniss is not only a merry man with his pencil.

  • He was a merry man, and pleased Sophie as much by his ready wit as by his agreeable manners.

    Old and New Paris, v. 1 Henry Sutherland Edwards
  • When he had beaten the horse, his Lordship, who was ever a merry man, ordered him to be hanged just to laugh at him.

    For Faith and Freedom Walter Besant
  • He had laughed at that joke a thousand times; and, in the best of humours, he wasn't a merry man.

    The Kellys and the O'Kellys Anthony Trollope
  • He made a step forward and, reaching out his arm, he gave the merry man a rude knock with his lance.

    Legends of the Rhine Wilhelm Ruland
  • Eating maketh a satisfied man, drinking a merry man, smoking a contented man.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • Neither Margaret nor her merry man ever wish to set eyes upon each other again.

    Doctor Cupid Rhoda Broughton
  • "There's the only merry man I've seen in England," thought Julien to himself, as he left the prison.

  • The merry man wondering, angry, and looking round, was the diversion of the table.

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