merry

Definitions

  • At the Merry-go-round
    At the Merry-go-round
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj merry 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"
    • adj merry offering fun and gaiety "a festive (or festal) occasion","gay and exciting night life","a merry evening"
    • adj merry 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

They brought her home in triumph, a merry sight to see They brought her home in triumph, a merry sight to see

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hamlet is the most demanding of Shakespeare’s roles with 1,422 lines or roughly 36% of the total number of spoken lines in the play. Hamlet’s role is made up of 11,610 words. The character Falstaff has the most lines of any character in all of Shakespeare’s plays combined with 1,614 spoken lines in three different plays: Henry IV, Part I; Henry IV, Part II; and The Merry Wives of Windsor.
    • n Merry (Bot) A kind of wild red cherry.
    • Merry Causing laughter, mirth, gladness, or delight; as, a merry jest. "Merry wind and weather."
    • Merry Cheerful; joyous; not sad; happy. "Is any merry ? let him sing psalms."
    • Merry Laughingly gay; overflowing with good humor and good spirits; jovial; inclined to laughter or play; sportive. "They drank, and were merry with him.""I am never merry when I hear sweet music."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Looney Tunes song is actually called "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down."
    • merry Exciting feelings of enjoyment and. gladness; causing cheerfulness or light-heartedness; pleasant; delightful; happy: as, the merry month of May; a merry spectacle.
    • merry Playfully cheerful or gay; enlivened with gladness or good spirits; mirthful in speech or action; frolicsome; hilarious; jubilant: as, a merry company.
    • merry Sportive and mirthful in quality or character; jocund; jovial; rollicking; funny: as, a merry heart; a merry song.
    • merry Brisk; lively; cheery.
    • merry Full of gibes: sneering; sarcastic.
    • merry To make merry or glad; please; gratify; delight.
    • merry Merrily; in a lively manner.
    • n merry The wild cherry of England, Prunus avium.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Merry mer′i sportive: cheerful: noisily gay: causing laughter: lively
    • v.i Merry to make merry, to feast
    • n Merry mer′i an English wild-cherry.
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Quotations

  • George Eliot
    George%20Eliot
    “Ignorance... is a painless evil; so, I should think, is dirt, considering the merry faces that go along with it.”
  • Harry Kurnitz
    Harry Kurnitz
    “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we may diet.”
  • Charles Dickens
    Charles%20Dickens
    “Many merry Christmases, friendships, great accumulation of cheerful recollections, affection on earth, and Heaven at last for all of us.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “I had rather have a fool make me merry, than experience make me sad.”
  • Matt Groening
    Matt Groening
    “Love is a perky elf dancing a merry little jig and then suddenly he turns on you with a miniature machine gun.”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things. [Ecclesiastes 10:19]”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. merie, mirie, murie, merry, pleasant, AS. merge, myrige, pleasant; cf. murge, adv.; prob. akin to OHG. murg, short, Goth. gamaúrgjan, 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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. merise.

Usage

In literature:

Look here, Elsie, I know you're not jealous of Inza because Merry is rich.
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
In the courtyard a couple of the merry children were playing who had danced round the tree at Christmas time, and had rejoiced over it.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
They had a merry time getting settled, and more than one tired countenance in the car brightened at sight of the six eager young faces.
"The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch" by Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
You are a merry rogue, Bilbil," laughed the King; "a merry rogue in spite of your gloomy features.
"Rinkitink in Oz" by L. Frank Baum
Merry, chatting, laughing Londoners, Americans, and foreigners mingled in groups and drank tea together.
"Patty's Friends" by Carolyn Wells
We drank all the porter on board, ate all the cold pork and cheese, and were very merry indeed.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
Uncle Ted came home, and he was so merry and full of jokes, that he made them all laugh.
"Patty's Summer Days" by Carolyn Wells
But above all came the peals of merry laughter from below.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Off he trotted, merry as a cricket, with now a skip, and now a slide.
"The Book of Stories for the Storyteller" by Fanny E. Coe
Yet no weariness knew the merry-makers.
"Stories of Siegfried" by Mary MacGregor
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In poetry:

Farewell, old year, the pall and bier
Thou saw us oft attending,
And heard oft-times the merry chimes
Of birth and wedlock blending.
"Farewell To The Old Year, 1863" by Janet Hamilton
Merry, though so cold of answer,
With a laughing glance of steel,
How your face swept like a banner,
Blushing down the village reel!
"In The Artillery" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
But tasks were done and prayers were said
In thoughtful silence, faithfully
The merry little novice e’en,
Went slowly and solemnly.
"The Silver Box" by Alice Guerin Crist
A happy, happy, bright New Year,
I wish to all the sons of men,
With happy hearts, and merry cheer,
Till it has roll'd its round again.
"New Year's Day" by Thomas Frederick Young
Is there indeed a door,
Where the old pastimes, with their lawful noise,
And all the merry round of Christmas joys,
Could enter as of yore?
"Christmas" by Henry Timrod
Rise up, rise up, my merry men all,
And saddle me my good steede ;
This night must I to Bucklesford-Bury ;
God wott, I had never more neede.
"The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard" by Anonymous British

In news:

If labs report back to the customer that samples contained a microorganism of public health significance, the reporting and notification merry-go-round will start.
Merry Metallics November 8, 2012.
Emelia M (Merri) Saba , 95, a resident of Methuen, MA, passed away on Friday, October 26, 2012 at the Sutton Hill Nursing Home in North Andover, MA.
Eat, Drink & Be Merry: Sangria Fruit Salad.
Merry Christmas, or -- if you prefer.
MERRY OLD SANTA CLAUS is Thomas Nast's most famous cartoon.
Merrie Long gets nosy inside Steel Plate Fabricators.
Merrie Long Videographer and editor.
MERRY HILL – The Bertie County Commissioners want a close look taken at the intersection of US 17 and N.C 45.
Eat, Drink & Be Merry: Stuffed Peppers with Beef, Rice, Spinach.
Annabella Barrios, 1, is walked around the stage by her mother, Amy Barrios, during the Sunburst International Star Search Merry Christmas Pageant at Sunrise Mall in 2010.
Merrie Jo Dietzman tries not to get too excited when the forecast calls for snow.
Long Beach Shakespeare Company's 'Twelfth Night' is merry and bright.
Trying to swim against the tide By Stephanie Merry Friday, January 28, 2011.
Merry Acres Middle School topped Dougherty International Middle School Thursday to win the 2012 Dougherty County Middle School Academic Bowl.
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In science:

In a previous paper (Gerssen, Kuijken & Merrifield 1997, hereafter Paper 1) we have shown that much can be inferred about the shapes of the velocity ellipsoids in external galaxies from spectra obtained along different position angles.
Disc heating in NGC 2985
Note that direct numerical simulations of the 3He-driven thermohaline convection in a bump-luminosity red giant give an estimate of a ≈ 1, which does not support the hypothesis that it is the principal mechanism of RGB extra mixing (Denissenkov 2010a; Denissenkov, & Merryfield 2011; Traxler, Garaud, & Stellmach 2011).
A New Twist In the Evolution of Low-Mass Stars
In order to gain further insight into the physics of bar buckling (Merrifleld 1996; Martinez-Valpuesta & Shlosman 2004), we investigate the role of anisotropic stellar pressure and show that there is a characteristic signature in the way the stellar velocity ellipsoid evolves.
Meridional tilt of the stellar velocity ellipsoid during bar buckling instability
Since the local disk mass can be more directly measured in the Milky Way, the question has been less controversial for the Galaxy: it is generally believed that the Milky Way disk is substantially sub-maximal (Bahcall 1984; van der Kruit 1989; Kuijken & Gilmore 1991, Merrifield 1993, Kuijken 1995).
Does the Milky Way have a Maximal Disk?
Merrifield (1992) used an axisymmetric model of the neutral hydrogen layer to fit the Galactic H I kinematics as a function of longitude and latitude, solving simultaneously for the form of the rotation curve (scaled to the solar distance and LSR speed) and the scale height of the gas as a function of radius.
Does the Milky Way have a Maximal Disk?
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