As it reached merrys ears he started in the utmost amazement, for he knew that tune.
A merry, merry Christmas to all the little “merrys” who read this story.
These signs were not very plain to Bart, but he relied on merrys judgment.
merrys hand dropped toward the holster on his hip, but with a gasp he discovered that it was empty.
Youve got us beaten a mile, even if we did drive a cow up on merrys doorstep.
The singing of that song, however, seemed to redouble merrys wonderful strength and skill.
The man entered hesitatingly and stood near the table, never taking his eyes from merrys face for a moment.
As Morgan was hurled headlong from merrys room he collided with a man outside, who was very nearly upset.
Bart saw what was happening in a moment, and he leaped to merrys aid.
I hardly understand what the skeleton could have wanted with merrys wheel, observed Browning.
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).