Definition of Merry

1. Adjective. Full of or showing high-spirited merriment. "A mirthful laugh"

2. Adjective. Offering fun and gaiety. "A merry evening"
Exact synonyms: Festal, Festive, Gay
Similar to: Joyous
Derivative terms: Festivity, Merriness

3. Adjective. Quick and energetic. "A spanking breeze"
Exact synonyms: Alert, Brisk, Lively, Rattling, Snappy, Spanking, Zippy
Similar to: Energetic
Derivative terms: Briskness, Liveliness, Zip

Definition of Merry

1. a. Laughingly gay; overflowing with good humor and good spirits; jovial; inclined to laughter or play ; sportive.

2. n. A kind of wild red cherry.

Definition of Merry

1. Proper noun. (surname from=Middle English) Originally a nickname for a merry person. ¹

2. Proper noun. (English female given name) from the adjective, also a diminutive of Mary and Mercy. ¹

3. Adjective. Jolly and full of high-spirits ¹

4. Adjective. Festive and full of fun and laughter ¹

5. Adjective. Brisk ¹

6. Adjective. happy or showing enjoyment ¹

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Definition of Merry

1. cheerful [adj -RIER, -RIEST] : MERRILY [adv] - See also: cheerful

Medical Definition of Merry

1. A kind of wild red cherry. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Merry

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Literary usage of Merry

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

1. The Works of William Makepeace Thackeray by William Makepeace Thackeray, Sir Leslie Stephen (1899)
"I am a merry bard. There is a bird upon the terrace of the Emir's chief wife. ... I am a merry bard. The peacock is an Aga, but the little bird is a Bulbul. ..."

2. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1883)
""THE merry ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD." THE doings of Robin Hood and his merry men permeate all the ballad literature oí No character in history or fiction ..."

3. The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York by Daniel Defoe (1790)
"My friend, father Simon, and 1, ufed to be very merry upon ... or merry-andrew; being a dirty calico, with all the tawdry trappings of a fool's coat, ..."

4. Works by Manuel Márquez Sterling, William Makepeace Thackeray, Leslie Stephen, Louise Stanage (1902)
"I am a merry bard. There is a bird upon the terrace of the Emir's chief wife. Praise be to Allah ! He has emeralds on his neck, and a ruby tail. ..."

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