[ mer-ee ]
/ ˈmɛr i /

adjective, mer·ri·er, mer·ri·est.

full of cheerfulness or gaiety; joyous in disposition or spirit: a merry little man.
laughingly happy; mirthful; festively joyous; hilarious: a merry time at the party.
Archaic. causing happiness; pleasant; delightful.

Nearby words

  1. merrilyn,
  2. merrimac,
  3. merrimack,
  4. merriment,
  5. merritt island,
  6. merry dancers,
  7. merry man,
  8. merry men,
  9. merry mount,
  10. merry widow


    make merry,
    1. to be happy or festive: The New Year's revelers were making merry in the ballroom.
    2. to make fun of; ridicule: The unthinking children made merry of the boy who had no shoes.

Origin of merry

before 900; Middle English meri(e), myrie, murie, Old English myr(i)ge, mer(i)ge pleasant, delightful

Related forms
Can be confusedmarry Mary merry


[ mer-ee ]
/ ˈmɛr i /


a female given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for merry


/ (ˈmɛrɪ) /

adjective -rier or -riest

cheerful; jolly
very funny; hilarious
British informal slightly drunk
archaic delightful
make merry to revel; be festive
play merry hell with informal to disturb greatly; disrupt
Derived Formsmerrily, adverbmerriness, noun

Word Origin for merry

Old English merige agreeable

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Word Origin and History for merry


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