Definitions

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  • proper n. A former major oasis-city in Central Asia, on the historical Silk Road, located near today's Mary in Turkmenistan.
  • proper n. A short form of male given name Mervyn.

Etymologies

From Persian مرو (Marv, "ready"). (Wiktionary)
See Mervyn (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • [Footnote 337: C. Marvin, _Merv, the Queen of the World_ (1881); E. O'Donovan, _The Merv Oasis_, 2 vols. (1882-83), and _Merv_ (1883).]

    The Development of the European Nations, 1870-1914 (5th ed.)

  • Please accept, I'm certain Merv would have wanted it that way. posted by The Mayor at 7: 24 AM

    An Apology To Merv Griffin's Lover

  • And I'd open the door, and they'd go, "Merv" -- it would be Teddy and they'd say, "Are we late for the party?"

    CNN Transcript May 11, 2006

  • The man giving the party didn't speak English to us, so he said, "Merv" -- his name was Al Madonni (ph) -- "Would you be me?"

    CNN Transcript - Larry King Live Weekend: Nancy Reagan Reflects on Life With Ronald - March 4, 2001

  • Frank has funky furniture from the 1960s, we used to have one area we would call the Merv Griffin set, something out of an old Seinfeld episode.

    Tom Falco: It's Like Entering a British Sitcom

  • You know, for the last 10 years, I never made a big decision in my career without calling Merv, and he always made me smile and gave me the right direction so I'll miss my buddy.

    CNN Transcript Aug 13, 2007

  • "Merv, " Brumbaugh said, 'two months ago you quoted me a price of four thousand dollars on the Stretzel farm.

    Centennial

  • What I think is so funny about it all is that Merv just doesn't seem to understand how he is being used by Osbourne as his number one fall guy that he wheels out in front of the media to try and placate us whenever things aren't looking so good so he can hide behind him whilst pretending and hoping that we all think it's Merv's fault.

    Steve Bell 27.01.11

  • At last, something I can agree with Merv about, I want the country to go to pot as well.

    Steve Bell 27.01.11

  • He won't be able to hide behind Merv tomorrow though when he has to show his face at Davos and although he'll have some old money market friends there trying to put a brave face on it all there are already some murmurings about how he's going about it all the wrong way.

    Steve Bell 27.01.11

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