Definition of merry adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmeri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmeri//
    (merrier, merriest) Happiness
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  1. 1happy and cheerful synonym cheery a merry grin See related entries: Happiness
  2. 2Merry Christmas used at Christmas to say that you hope that somebody has an enjoyable holiday
  3. 3(informal, especially British English) slightly drunk synonym tipsy I was merry after only a glass of champagne.
  4. Word OriginOld English myrige ‘pleasing, delightful’, of Germanic origin; related to mirth.Extra examples We had a few drinks and all got quite merry. A merry crowd of villagers watched the proceedings. HIs face was round and his eyes were merry.Idioms
    eat, drink and be merry
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    (saying) said to encourage somebody to enjoy life now, while they can, and not to think of the future
    lead somebody a (merry) dance
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    (British English) to cause somebody a lot of trouble or worry
    (old-fashioned) to enjoy yourself by singing, laughing, drinking, etc. (saying) the more people or things there are, the better the situation will be or the more fun people will have ‘Can I bring a friend to your party?’ ‘Sure—the more the merrier!’
    play (merry) hell with something/somebody
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    (British English, informal) to affect something/somebody badly Driving on these rough roads has played hell with my tyres.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: merry