Adjective "merry" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Cheerful and lively.
  1. 'His poetry had a chaste reserve that reflected his Englishness, but off the page he was a merry wit who laughed loudly, told raunchy jokes and felt more at home in a leather bar than a stuffy literary function.'
  2. 'And I laughed and guffawed at the irony of it, and even Verge did let forth a merry mirth-filled giggle.'
  3. 'So, have fun eating, drinking and being merry whether it's by a roaring fire or a slightly less picturesque roaring radiator.'
  4. 'And off we strolled, whistling merry Christmas tunes, and with only the very slightest of hops, skips and jumps in our step.'
  5. 'This link has phrases saying merry Christmas and happy new year in many, many, many languages (including Maori, Welsh and Cree).'
  6. 'Lillie gives a merry laugh, and slaps him lightly.'
  7. 'Just then a man stepped up ten yards away from them, his expression was merry and bright, on his face blood was trickling, he had on a fancy red coat, decorated from head to toe.'
  8. 'She pointed out that sensible young men noticed what a few years of married life could do to the once happy, merry girl he knew.'
  9. 'Her pleasant smile, the glint in the eye and genuine sense of fun and devilment made her very popular and you were always assured of a good laugh and a merry time when she was around the place.'
  10. 'Her soprano lullabies and fun character allowed the audience to laugh and be merry.'
  11. 'A local band played on a raised pedestal and people of all species were dancing together in time with the lively beat in a merry atmosphere.'
  12. 'he wished me a merry Christmas'
  13. 'Why not make Election Eve as merry and festive as Christmas Eve?'
  14. 'Irish festivals have become a custom down through the years and this summers festival merry go round has already begun with one not left short of events to attend in the coming months.'
  15. 'Jerome, muttering and dripping thick mud and rainwater, brought up the rear of this merry parade.'
  16. 'The fire crackled and, beside it, rum punch simmered with promise of a merry Occasion.'
  17. 'Pixies run on his limbs and they arrange merry feasts in his honour.'
  18. 'I'd placed the order before the merry events of the last few weeks, so I was a bit surprised to come home one day and find 50 bags piled in the backyard.'
  19. 'But there's a distinctly conifer shaped fly in this otherwise merry festive ointment - with the row over the re-positioning of the Christmas tree.'
  20. 'In any case I hope you have a very merry season, and the best of everything n the New Year.'
  21. 'A trip to the hairdressers has become a merry experience for a group of Harrogate ladies after their local salon became one of the first in Britain to be granted a liquor licence.'
  22. 'With the merry season fast approaching people are warned that more than two thirds of the region's young singletons say smoking drastically reduces sexual attractiveness.'
  23. 'His recollection is you had been to some sort of do in the afternoon or early evening, and you were quite merry.'
  24. '"Terry was quite merry. He wasn't staggering but he was in quite a good mood," she said.'
  25. 'Sitting on a bench with, as I soon discover, two slightly merry female postgraduate students who are, like me, waiting for a train on the Rayners Lane branch.'
  26. 'In the event, the meal was fine and, by the end, I was feeling slightly merry, and my companions were at last sobering up.'
  27. 'Everyone was getting quite merry, and the glasses were being passed about.'


1. full of cheerfulness or gaiety; joyous in disposition or spirit: a merry little man.

2. laughingly happy; mirthful; festively joyous; hilarious: a merry time at the party.

3. Archaic. causing happiness; pleasant; delightful. Idioms

4. make merry, to be happy or festive: The New Year's revelers were making merry in the ballroom. to make fun of; ridicule: The unthinking children made merry of the boy who had no shoes.

More examples(as adjective)

"statements can be merry in/at/on dates."

"ringings can be merry for retailers."

"people can be merry by fits."

"messages can be merry in/at/on dates."

"messages can be merry in campaigns."

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Old English myrige ‘pleasing, delightful’, of Germanic origin; related to mirth.


go on one's merry way
make merry
the more the merrier