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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Happy/Merry Christmas! (=something you say to people at Christmas)
▪ I just called in to say 'Happy Christmas'.
▪ In the hasty and confused breakup, nobody wished anybody a happy Hanukkah, a merry Christmas or a happy New Year.
▪ He is followed by Otto, who wishes everyone a merry Christmas.
▪ Willie leads his Man a merry dance at any party, chasing any woman in sight.
▪ But he led the field a merry dance until being overhauled inside the final furlong.
▪ Against all forecasts, against all evidence, the little guy sometimes leads the invincible giant a merry dance.
▪ Strangulation was all very well, but it played merry hell with the eyeballs.
▪ If you arrive late, raise merry hell, and insult the stage crew you will certainly be remembered.
▪ I don't think Teddy's bunch of merry men has distinguished itself recently.
▪ Massari and his merry men find themselves basking in such publicity as they never dreamt of.
▪ I didn't argue with them, just called up McKenzie and some of his merry men, who removed them forcibly.
lead sb a merry old dance/a right old dance
play (merry) hell with sth
▪ Ace's proximity was playing hell with her hormones.
▪ Strangulation was all very well, but it played merry hell with the eyeballs.
▪ She smiled, her eyes bright and merry.
▪ Some of the officers got quite merry celebrating our recent victory.
▪ We were all very merry by the time the party broke up.
▪ After dark, drunken shouts, merry and angry, echoed up from the street.
▪ Eat, drink and be merry at the Medieval Night which includes a meal, free drinks and an open-air castle disco.
▪ I get in the bath and Radish gets in with me and floats about as merry as a little duck.
▪ It's the elderly Morkan sisters' annual Yuletide fete, where three generations gather each year to make merry.
▪ Now Miller Brewing is joining the ranks of the more the merrier.
▪ Stevens and his merry band are severely uniformed in white blazers, violently creased red flares and clean fingernails.
▪ The merry old woman had a hard time not laughing as they carried her into the coach.
▪ This might appeal to investors who figure that when it comes to fund choices, the more the merrier.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Merry \Mer"ry\ (m[e^]r"r[y^]), n. (Bot.) A kind of wild red cherry.


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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English myrge "pleasing, agreeable, pleasant, sweet; pleasantly, melodiously," from Proto-Germanic *murgijaz, which probably originally meant "short-lasting," (compare Old High German murg "short," Gothic gamaurgjan "to shorten"), from PIE *mreghu- "short" (see brief (adj.)). The only exact cognate for meaning outside English was Middle Dutch mergelijc "joyful."\n

\nConnection to "pleasure" is likely via notion of "making time fly, that which makes the time seem to pass quickly" (compare German Kurzweil "pastime," literally "a short time;" Old Norse skemta "to amuse, entertain, amuse oneself," from skamt, neuter of skammr "short"). There also was a verbal form in Old English, myrgan "be merry, rejoice." For vowel evolution, see bury (v.).Bot vchon enle we wolde were fyf, þe mo þe myryer. [c.1300]The word had much wider senses in Middle English, such as "pleasant-sounding" (of animal voices), "fine" (of weather), "handsome" (of dress), "pleasant-tasting" (of herbs). Merry-bout "an incident of sexual intercourse" was low slang from 1780. Merry-begot "illegitimate" (adj.), "bastard" (n.) is from 1785. Merrie England (now frequently satirical or ironic) is 14c. meri ingland, originally in a broader sense of "bountiful, prosperous." Merry Monday was a 16c. term for "the Monday before Shrove Tuesday" (Mardi Gras).


a. 1 jolly and full of high spirits 2 festive and full of fun and laughter 3 brisk 4 Causing laughter, mirth, gladness, or delight. 5 (context euphemistic English) drunk; tipsy

  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]

Merry (band)

is a Japanese visual kei rock band formed in Tokyo in 2001. The current member lineup consists of Gara on vocals, Yuu and Kenichi on guitar, Tetsu on bass, and Nero on the drums.


Merry may refer to:

As a name:

  • Merry (surname)
  • Merry (given name)

In music:

  • Merry (band), a Japanese rock band
  • Merry (EP), an EP by Gregory Douglass
  • "Merry" (song), by American power pop band Magnapop


  • Merry Township, Thurston County, Nebraska
Merry (EP)

The Merry EP was announced in the Fall of 2009 via fan newsletter, and the readers were asked to submit ideas for songs to be recorded. The official track list was released in October when it was available for pre-order. Of the EP, Gregory said:

Merry (given name)

As a given name, Merry may refer to:

  • Merry Anders (1934–2012), American actress born Mary Helen Anderson
  • Merry Clayton (born 1948), American soul and gospel singer and actress
  • Gladys Geissmann (1908–1978), better known as Merry Hull, American accessory designer credited with the "finger-free" glove
  • Merry Lepper (born 1942), American long-distance runner acknowledged to have set a world record in the marathon in 1963
  • Merry Meriadoc Brandybuck, from The Lord of the Rings
  • Merry Pemberton, DC Comics character
Merry (song)

"Merry" is a song by American power pop band Magnapop. It was initially released in 1990 as the B-side to a 7" through Safety Net Records (catalogue number NET 17) under the band's original name of Homemade Sister. The song was re-recorded and released again on the EP Sugarland as well as the band's self-titled debut album in 1992 on Solid Records (527.9013.40.)

A live acoustic recording of the song from June 7, 1992, was released on the EP Big Bright Cherry as well as the special edition of the studio album Hot Boxing.

NME described the second recording as "a sublime piece of pop supremacy" and James Sullivan, writing for Addicted to Noise in 1996 declared it one of the group's finest songs.

Merry (surname)

Merry is a surname. Notable persons with that surname include:

  • Abdelkrim Merry (born 1955), Moroccan footballer
  • Anthony Merry (1756–1835), British diplomat
  • Cyril Merry, (1911–1964) West Indies cricketer
  • Diana Merry, computer programmer
  • Gus Merry (c.1888-1942), Welsh dual-code international rugby player
  • James Merry, various including:
    • James Merry (actor) (born 1982), British actor
  • Katharine Merry (born 1974), English sprinter
  • Mustafa Merry (born 1958), Moroccan footballer

Usage examples of "merry".

Two offers to install siding on his house, Ray Bisse said to call, and Kathi wished him a Merry Christmas.

Robin: The merry merle on leafy spray, The lark on fluttering wing Do pipe a joyous roundelay, To greet the blithesome spring.

But when they looked like trees, it was like strangely human trees, and when they looked like people, it was like strangely branchy and leafy people - and all the time that queer lilting, rustling, cool, merry noise.

To Mallard she had spoken of her fellow-boarders in quite a different way, with merry though kindly criticism, or in the strain of generous idealization which so often marked her language.

His Monist career was so successful that he was able to convince two friends in the Merry Majordomos to join.

Merry stocks her shelves with sprays, toxins, and molecules of fearsome potency, all of them synthesized by evil alchemists and guaranteed to necrose Planet Earth for eternity.

And Hall, usually so merry, could outfoot them all when he once got started on the cosmic pathos of religion and the gibbering anthropomorphisms of those who loved not to die.

Miss Overmore hereupon immediately took her from him, and they had a merry little scrimmage over her of which Maisie caught the surprised perception in the white stare of an old lady who passed in a victoria.

Dayling maidens went in bands trimly decked out throughout all the host and served the warriors with meat and drink, and sang the overword to their lays, and smote the harp, and drew the bow over the fiddle till it laughed and wailed and chuckled, and were blithe and merry with all, and great was the glee on the eve of battle.

The Irish are all around here and these merry punters pours out of their shacks to join the Sydney and Parramatta Town throng.

I heard, I desired to heare some newes, and said, I pray you masters make me partaker of your talk, that am not so curious as desirous to know all your communication : so shall we shorten our journey, and easily passe this high hill before us, by merry and pleasant talke.

They chatted about the journey, and Passepartout was especially merry at the idea that Fix was going to continue it with them.

Her features were playfellows of one another, none of them pretending to rigid correctness, nor the nose to the ordinary dignity of governess among merry girls, despite which the nose was of a fair design, not acutely interrogative or inviting to gambols.

Suddenly his lips curled in a merry smile, and she knew, knew, that his next response would be prefabricated, that the moment of truth had evaporated.

I had to go ahead without any significant foreplay, but I knew that he was wide awake, and I knew that he could tell himself, if it made it any easier for him, that it was only a delirious dream, only a hallucination, only some stray psychotropic protein making merry amid the synapses of his deluded brain.