merry andrew

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n merry andrew a person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior
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Usage

In literature:

The mountebanks and merry-andrews appeared more dexterous and more humorous.
"Travels through the South of France and the Interior of Provinces of Provence and Languedoc in the Years 1807 and 1808" by Lt-Col. Pinkney
Here, no larks, Merry Andrew.
"Oh! Susannah! A Farcical Comedy in Three Acts" by Mark Ambient
PARTY-COLORED MERRY ANDREW: an old term for a clown dressed in garments having several colors.
"The Short-story" by William Patterson Atkinson
Whereupon they left me, and in a little time I was told by the bluff-looking Merry Andrews I was at liberty to depart.
"Lavengro The Scholar - The Gypsy - The Priest, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Borrow
But he was much more a merry-andrew than a pattern monk.
"Classic French Course in English" by William Cleaver Wilkinson
Whereupon they left me, and in a little time I was told by the bluff-looking Merry Andrews I was at liberty to depart.
"Lavengro The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest" by George Borrow
But how does your dignity like turning Merry Andrew, Japhet?
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
Herr Carovius was dancing like a Merry-Andrew around the door of his residence.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
When Henry first saw it, he jumped up and down like any Merry Andrew.
"Forgotten Tales of Long Ago" by E. V. Lucas
Merry Andrew, its early use, 128.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
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In news:

There's a delightful mathematical moment in the movie Merry Andrew, when Danny Kaye, playing schoolmaster Andrew Larabee, breaks into song to teach the Pythagorean theorem.
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