[ mer-ee-thawt ]

nounChiefly British.
  1. the wishbone or furcula of a fowl.

Origin of merrythought

First recorded in 1600–10; so called from the custom of pulling the bone apart until it breaks, the person holding the longer (sometimes shorter) piece supposedly marrying first or being granted a wish at the time

Words Nearby merrythought Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use merrythought in a sentence

  • Take off the merrythought, the neck-bones, and separate the leg-bones from the legs, and the pinions from the wings.

  • Again, all birds that can fly possess a “merrythought,” or furculum; and such is not found in the Pterodactyl.

    Extinct Monsters | H. N. Hutchinson
  • Bless my drumsticks and merrythought, I shant be so cold and hungry, please God, this time to–morrow night.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 2 (of 3) | Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • I see I am wrong again, the drumstick is in the dish, and the merrythought is in my head, with numerous companions.

    Adrift in a Boat | W.H.G. Kingston
  • Oh dear me, there is but a drumstick and a merrythought left.

    Adrift in a Boat | W.H.G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for merrythought


/ (ˈmɛrɪˌθɔːt) /

  1. British a less common word for wishbone

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