merry Definition

  • 1cheerful and lively
  • 2showing high spirits
  • 3slightly and pleasantly drunk

Using merry: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "merry" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The children were singing and dancing, merry as can be.

  • Example

    We had a merry time at the party last night.

  • Example

    He got a little too merry at the pub and had trouble walking straight.

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    The town square was decorated with merry lights for the holiday season.

merry Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with merry

  • to celebrate or have fun in a lively way


    Let's make merry and enjoy ourselves tonight!

  • a greeting used during the Christmas season to wish someone a happy and joyful holiday


    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  • a group of people who are united by a common cause or interest


    They were a merry band of men, traveling the countryside in search of adventure.

Origins of merry

from Old English 'myrge', meaning 'pleasing, agreeable'


Summary: merry in Brief

The term 'merry' [ˈmɛri] describes a state of being cheerful, lively, and full of high spirits. It can also refer to being slightly drunk. Examples include 'The children were singing and dancing, merry as can be,' and 'We had a merry time at the party last night.' 'Merry' extends into phrases like 'make merry' and 'merry Christmas,' denoting celebration and joy.

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