adjective (merrier, merriest)
- 1Cheerful and lively: the narrow streets were dense with merry throngs of students a merry grinMore example sentences
cheerful, cheery, in high spirits, high-spirited, bright, sunny, smiling, lighthearted, buoyant, lively, carefree, without a care in the world, joyful, joyous, jolly, convivial, festive, mirthful, gleeful, happy, glad, laughing• informal chirpy• formal jocund• dated gay• literary blithe
- Showing or characterized by exuberance or mirthful excitement; merry; cheerful; jolly.
- The night was not lonely either, as quite a few regulars danced cheerfully to merry tunes in the moonlight.
- Still, we carry on cheerfully, whistling a merry tune as we stir it all up with a wooden spoon.
- 1.1(Of an occasion or season) characterized by festivity and rejoicing: he wished me a merry ChristmasMore example sentences
- Chris Birdsall, hospital spokesman, said it is important patients get to celebrate the merry season.
- 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.
- E-card sites flaunt the day tempting the browsers to send wishes across to their pals for a merry season blooming with happiness.
- 1.2British • informal Slightly and good-humoredly drunk: after the third bottle of beer he began to feel quite merryMore example sentences
- His recollection is you had been to some sort of do in the afternoon or early evening, and you were quite merry.
- Everyone was getting quite merry, and the glasses were being passed about.
- They returned home at 10.45 pm "quite merry" and went to bed about half an hour later, he said.
go on one's merry way
- • informal Carry on with a course of action regardless of the consequences.More example sentences
- Too shocked to complain, the pair went on their merry way.
- So we went on our merry way, stopping at Bangkok City Hall, and a tiny temple with a lucky fat Buddha.
- I bought an iced latte and a yummy vanilla caramel stick thing at Starbucks, browsed the magazines (didn't find Cloth, Paper, Scissors mag) and went on my merry way.
- Enjoy oneself with others, especially by dancing and drinking.More example sentences
- He enjoys life to the extreme; he drinks and makes merry with his wide circle of friends.
- While as a Christian, I am supposed to mourn his death and get myself to church, instead I was at a reunion party indulging in food, drinks and basically making merry.
- After a day of eating, drinking and making merry, round off with some words of wisdom from our favourite family.
the more the merrier
- The more people or things there are, the better or more enjoyable a situation will be.More example sentences
- He said: ‘I would invite anyone who has an interest in getting fit and playing this exciting and easy to learn sport to come along the more the merrier!’
- ‘It's difficult to operate with anything less than 10 or 12 so we are looking for eight or 10 new members this winter, but the more the merrier,’ he said.
- It's raising money for Cancer Research and the Army Benevolent Fund so hopefully we will get a few there - the more the merrier!
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- The walk on the way home was filled with merriness and contentment.
- The merriness of religious celebrations makes them contagious among the pious and not-so-pious - and so should it be with the joy that welcomes the post-fasting holiday, Idul Fitri.
- The laughing merriness of the tune became more brutal, building to an orgasmic climax as Fisendon unleashed his signature jazz/thrash drumming.
Old English myrige 'pleasing, delightful', of Germanic origin; related to mirth.