• (RP) IPA: /ˈmɛɹi/
  • (GA) enPR: mĕrʹē, IPA: /ˈmɛɹi/, /ˈmeɪɹi/

merry (comparative merrier, superlative merriest)

  1. 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.
  2. Festive and full of fun and laughter.
    • 1883, Howard Pyle, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood Chapter V
      If I have the chance, I will make our worshipful Sheriff pay right well for that which he hath done to me. Maybe I may bring him some time into Sherwood Forest and have him to a right merry feast with us.
    Everyone was merry at the party.
  3. Brisk
    The play moved along at a merry pace.
  4. Causing laughter, mirth, gladness, or delight.
    a merry jest
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. […], London: Printed [by John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938 ↗, book I, canto XII, stanza 1, page 171 ↗:
      There eke my feeble barke a while may ſtay, / Till mery wynd and weather call her thence away.
  5. (euphemistic) drunk; tipsy
    Some of us got a little merry at the office Christmas party.
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  • Russian: живо́й
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merry (plural merries)

  1. An English wild cherry.

Proper noun
  1. Surname Originally a nickname for a merry person.
  2. A female given name from the adjective, also a diminutive of Mercy.
    • 1844 Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit, Chapter 2:
      'Is he handsome, Pa?' inquired the younger daughter.
      'Silly Merry!' said the eldest: Merry being fond for Mercy. 'What is the premium, Pa? tell us that.'
    • 1964 Brigid Brophy, The Waste Disposal Unit, Best Short Plays of the World Theatre 1958-1967, page 50:
      It was on account of she had such a happy temperament I persuaded Mr. van der Most to let me call her Merry. Lots of folks, when they first meet her, they think she's called Mary - Maria, as you would say it, Signor Lumaca - but no, her name is really Merry, M-E-double-R-Y, because, I always tell them, she is.
  3. A male given name.

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