Definition of Make merry

1. Verb. Celebrate noisily, often indulging in drinking; engage in uproarious festivities. "Let's whoop it up--the boss is gone!"

Exact synonyms: Jollify, Make Happy, Make Whoopie, Racket, Revel, Wassail, Whoop It Up
Generic synonyms: Celebrate, Fete
Specialized synonyms: Carouse, Riot, Roister
Derivative terms: Jollification, Merrymaking, Racket, Revel, Reveller, Revelry, Wassailer

Definition of Make merry

1. Verb. (intransitive) To enjoy oneself in a jolly and festive manner. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Make Merry

make history
make into
make it do or do without
make it snappy
make it up as one goes along
make it up to
make known
make light of
make like
make like a banana and split
make like a tree and leave
make love, not war
make matters worse
make merry (current term)
make mincemeat out of
make much
make no bones about
make noise
make noises
make off
make off with
make old bones
make one's bed
make one's bed and lie in it
make one's mark
make one's way
make oneself at home
make oneself scarce

Literary usage of Make merry

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Southey's Common-place Book by Robert Southey (1849)
"... dance regularly through the market and chief streets in the town, and so into an inn and tavern to make merry together."— Description of Madagascar. ..."

2. Cyclopaedia of English Literature: A Selection of the Choicest Productions by Robert Chambers, Robert Carruthers (1853)
"... have fatter banif in the harvest, than they which will either sleep at noontime of the day, or else make merry with their neighbours at the ale. ..."

3. The Lives of the Right Hon. Francis North, Baron Guilford, Lord Keeper of by Roger North (1826)
"It was well said of the philosopher to Pyrrhus : " What follows after all your victories ? To sit down and make merry. And cannot you do so now ? ..."

4. History of Civilization in England by Henry Thomas Buckle (1864)
"In every country it has been usual to make merry at marriages ; partly from a natural feeling, and partly, perhaps, from a notion that a contract, ..."

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