- a clown; buffoon.
Origin of merry-andrew
1665–75; merry + Andrew, generic use of the proper name
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Examples from the Web for merry-andrew
It was his custom when in banter to drop from English to his native brogue like a merry-andrew.Lords of the North
A. C. Laut
Herr Carovius was dancing like a Merry-Andrew around the door of his residence.The Goose Man
My very breath was arrested when I saw the merry-andrew you made of yourself.A Very Naughty Girl
L. T. Meade
"You are incorrigible, you merry-andrew" she said, brushing the curls from his forehead.The Northern Light
But this proves to be the note of Paillasse, a merry-andrew.
- a joker, clown, or buffoon
C17: original reference of Andrew unexplained
Word Origin and History for merry-andrew
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