from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Full of high-spirited gaiety; jolly.
- adj. Marked by or offering fun and gaiety; festive: a merry evening.
- adj. Archaic Delightful; entertaining.
- adj. Brisk: a merry pace.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Jolly and full of high spirits
- adj. Festive and full of fun and laughter
- adj. Brisk
- adj. happy or showing enjoyment
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Laughingly gay; overflowing with good humor and good spirits; jovial; inclined to laughter or play; sportive.
- adj. Cheerful; joyous; not sad; happy.
- adj. Causing laughter, mirth, gladness, or delight.
- n. A kind of wild red cherry.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Exciting feelings of enjoyment and. gladness; causing cheerfulness or light-heartedness; pleasant; delightful; happy: as, the merry month of May; a merry spectacle.
- Playfully cheerful or gay; enlivened with gladness or good spirits; mirthful in speech or action; frolicsome; hilarious; jubilant: as, a merry company.
- Sportive and mirthful in quality or character; jocund; jovial; rollicking; funny: as, a merry heart; a merry song.
- Brisk; lively; cheery.
- Full of gibes: sneering; sarcastic.
- To make merry or glad; please; gratify; delight.
- Merrily; in a lively manner.
- n. The wild cherry of England, Prunus avium.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. quick and energetic
- adj. full of or showing high-spirited merriment
- adj. offering fun and gaiety
Middle English merri, from Old English mirige, pleasant; see mregh-u- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English merie, mirie, myrie, murie, murȝe, from Old English meriġe, miriġe, myriġe, myreġe, myrġe ("pleasing, agreeable; pleasant, sweet, delightful; melodious"), from Proto-Germanic *murguz (“short, slow”), from Proto-Indo-European *mréǵʰus (“short”). Cognate with Scots mery, mirry ("merry"), Old High German murg, murgi ("short, brief"; > German murk ("short, lazy")), Norwegian dialectal myrjel ("small object, figurine"), Latin brevis ("short, small, narrow, shallow"). (Wiktionary)