What does merry mean?

Definitions for merry
ˈmɛr imer·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gay, jocund, jolly, jovial, merry, mirthfuladjective

    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"

  2. gay, festal, festive, merryadjective

    offering fun and gaiety

    "a festive (or festal) occasion"; "gay and exciting night life"; "a merry evening"

  3. alert, brisk, lively, merry, rattling, snappy, spanking, zippyadjective

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. merryadjective

    Jolly and full of high-spirits

    We had a very merry Christmas.

  2. merryadjective

    Festive and full of fun and laughter

  3. merryadjective

    Brisk

    The play moved along at a merry pace.

  4. merryadjective

    happy or showing enjoyment

  5. Merrynoun

    Originally a nickname for a merry person.

  6. Merrynoun

    from the adjective, also a diminutive of Mary and Mercy.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. MERRYadjective

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

    The vine languisheth, all the merry-hearted sigh. Isa. xxiv.

    Some that are of an ill and melancholy nature, incline the company into which they come to be sad and ill-disposed; and others that are of a jovial nature, do dispose the company to be merry and cheerful. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    Man is the merriest species of the creation; all above and below him are serious. Addison.

    You kill’d her husband, and for that vile fault
    Two of her brothers were condemn’d to death;
    My hand cut off, and made a merry jest. William Shakespeare.

    In my small pinnace I can sail,
    Contemning all the blust’ring roar;
    And running with a merry gale,
    With friendly stars my safety seek,
    Within some little winding creek,
    And see the storm ashore. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Merry

    laughingly gay; overflowing with good humor and good spirits; jovial; inclined to laughter or play ; sportive

  2. Merry

    cheerful; joyous; not sad; happy

  3. Merry

    causing laughter, mirth, gladness, or delight; as, / merry jest

  4. Merrynoun

    a kind of wild red cherry

Freebase

  1. Merry

    Merry 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Merry

    mer′i, adj. sportive: cheerful: noisily gay: causing laughter: lively.—adv. Merr′ily.—ns. Merr′imake, Merr′y-make (Spens.), a meeting for making merry, a festival, mirth.—v.i. to make merry, to feast.—ns. Merr′iment, Merr′iness, gaiety with laughter and noise: mirth: hilarity; Merr′y-an′drew, one who makes sport for others: a buffoon: one who goes round with a mountebank or a quack doctor—also Merr′yman; Merr′y-go-round, a revolving ring of hobby-horses, &c., on which children ride round at fairs, &c.; Merr′y-mak′ing, a merry entertainment, a festival; Merr′y-thought, the forked bone of a fowl's breast, which two persons pull at in play, the one who breaks off the longer part being thought likely to be first married. [A.S. merg, from the Celtic, as in Gael. and Ir. mear, merry, Gael. mir, to sport.]

  2. Merry

    mer′i, n. an English wild-cherry. [Fr. merise.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of merry in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of merry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of merry in a Sentence

  1. Brittany Bell:

    So much more to share, all I can say is that Nick was my rock through the most intense yet empowering natural water birth. It was nothing but POWERFUL Merry Christmas!!!! THANK YOU GOD.

  2. William Shakespeare:

    I had rather have a fool make me merry, than experience make me sad.

  3. Proverb:

    Children and fools have merry lives.

  4. Donald Trump:

    The word 'Christmas' -- I love Christmas. I love Christmas. You go to stores now, you don't see the word 'Christmas.' It says 'Happy Holidays' all over, remember the expression, 'Merry Christmas?' You don't see it anymore. You're going to see it if I get elected, I can tell you right now.

  5. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky:

    People often think that holidays should be merry, bring relief, and make it easier -- and when they feel good they don't turn to real faith... Now we are going through hard times, people are starting to come closer to God, there are more people here than before, and that's good for us, today in the morning there was an air alarm, but now thank God it's calmer and we could come. It's very important for us. It's the church we visit often.

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    a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody
    • A. gloat
    • B. descant
    • C. huff
    • D. abrade

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