From Middle English mery, merie, mirie, myrie, murie, murȝe, from Old English meriġe, miriġe, myriġe, myreġe, myrġe (“pleasing, agreeable; pleasant, sweet, delightful; melodious”), from Proto-Germanic *murguz (“short, slow”), from Proto-Indo-European *mréǵʰus (“short”). Cognate with Scots mery, mirry (“merry”), Middle Dutch mergelijc (“pleasant, agreeable, joyful”), Norwegian dialectal myrjel (“small object, figurine”), Latin brevis (“short, small, narrow, shallow”), Ancient Greek βραχύς (brakhús, “short”). Doublet of brief.
merry (comparative merrier, superlative merriest)
- Jolly and full of high spirits.
- We had a very merry Christmas.
c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene i]:
I am neuer merry when I heare ſweet muſique.
- Festive and full of fun and laughter.
- Everyone was merry at the party.
- The play moved along at a merry pace.
- Causing laughter, mirth, gladness, or delight.
- a merry jest
- (euphemistic) drunk; tipsy
- Some of us got a little merry at the office Christmas party.
- (jolly): cheerful, content, ecstatic, exultant, gay, happy, jovial, joyful, pleased; see also Thesaurus:happy
- (festive): convivial, gay, jovial
- (brisk): energetic, lively, spirited; see also Thesaurus:animated
- (causing laughter): delightful, gladful
- (drunk): lushy, muzzy, squiffy; see also Thesaurus:drunk
jolly and full of high-spirits
festive and full of fun and laughter
merry (plural merries)
- An English wild cherry.