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Merry \Mer"ry\, a. [Compar. Merrier; superl. Merriest.] [OE. merie, mirie, murie, merry, pleasant, AS. merge, myrige, pleasant; cf. murge, adv.; prob. akin to OHG. murg, short, Goth. gama['u]rgjan to shorten; cf. L. murcus a coward, who cuts off his thumb to escape military service; the Anglo-Saxon and English meanings coming from the idea of making the time seem short. Cf. Mirth.]

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

    They drank, and were merry with him.
    --Gen. xliii. 34.

    I am never merry when I hear sweet music.

  2. Cheerful; joyous; not sad; happy.

    Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
    --Jas. v. 1

  3. 3. Causing laughter, mirth, gladness, or delight; as, a merry jest. ``Merry wind and weather.''

    Merry dancers. See under Dancer.

    Merry men, followers; retainers. [Obs.]

    His merie men commanded he To make him bothe game and glee.

    To make merry, to be jovial; to indulge in hilarity; to feast with mirth.
    --Judg. ix. 27.

    Syn: Cheerful; blithe; lively; sprightly; vivacious; gleeful; joyous; mirthful; jocund; sportive; hilarious.


a. (en-comparativemerry)

  1. adj. full of or showing high-spirited merriment; "when hearts were young and gay"; "a poet could not but be gay, in such a jocund company"- Wordsworth; "the jolly crowd at the reunion"; "jolly old Saint Nick"; "a jovial old gentleman"; "have a merry Christmas"; "peals of merry laughter"; "a mirthful laugh" [syn: gay, jocund, jolly, jovial, mirthful]

  2. offering fun and gaiety; "a gala ball after the inauguration"; "a festive (or festal) occasion"; "gay and exciting night life"; "a merry evening" [syn: gala(a), gay, festal, festive]

  3. quick and energetic; "a brisk walk in the park"; "a lively gait"; "a merry chase"; "traveling at a rattling rate"; "a snappy pace"; "a spanking breeze" [syn: brisk, lively, rattling, snappy, spanking, zippy]

  4. [also: merriest, merrier]


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Usage examples of "merrier".

No one mentioned that she had not named all of Tolocamp's surviving mature children, so Peth, Jess, and Gabin made a merrier meal than we others did.