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merry

[ mer-ee ]
/ ˈmɛr i /
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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.

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Idioms for merry

    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

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

pronunciation note for merry

See Mary.

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Definition for merry (2 of 2)

Merry
[ mer-ee ]
/ ˈmɛr i /

noun

a female given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for merry

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 forms of merry

merrily, adverbmerriness, noun

Word Origin for merry

Old English merige agreeable
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