browse words by letter
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

merrymore about merry

merry


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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.  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Merry  \Mer"ry\,  n.  (Bot.) 
  A  kind  of  wild  red  cherry. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  merry 
  adj  1:  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}] 




more about merry