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  1. a female given name.
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Examples from the Web for merrys

Historical Examples

  • These signs were not very plain to Bart, but he relied on Merrys judgment.

    Frank Merriwell's Triumph

    Burt L. Standish

  • A merry, merry Christmas to all the little “Merrys” who read this story.

  • Bart saw what was happening in a moment, and he leaped to Merrys aid.

  • The man entered hesitatingly and stood near the table, never taking his eyes from Merrys face for a moment.

  • Merrys hand dropped toward the holster on his hip, but with a gasp he discovered that it was empty.

British Dictionary definitions for merrys


adjective -rier or -riest
  1. cheerful; jolly
  2. very funny; hilarious
  3. British informal slightly drunk
  4. archaic delightful
  5. make merry to revel; be festive
  6. play merry hell with informal to disturb greatly; disrupt
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Derived Formsmerrily, adverbmerriness, noun

Word Origin

Old English merige agreeable
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Word Origin and History for merrys



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).

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