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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-superlativemerry)

  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 "merriest".

The first half of the winter of 1806, which Nicholas Rostov spent in Moscow, was one of the happiest, merriest times for him and the whole family.

For Moscow society Pierre was the nicest, kindest, most intellectual, merriest, and most magnanimous of cranks, a heedless, genial nobleman of the old Russian type.

It is well said, said Sir Griflet, for here have I brought Sir Dagonet, King Arthur's fool, that is the best fellow and the merriest in the world.