To make merry


To make merry
Merry Mer"ry, a. [Compar. {Merrier}; superl. {Merriest}.] [OE. merie, mirie, murie, merry, pleasant, AS. merge, myrige, pleasant; cf. murge, adv.; prob. akin to OHG. murg, short, Goth. gama['u]rgjan to shorten; cf. L. murcus a coward, who cuts off his thumb to escape military service; the Anglo-Saxon and English meanings coming from the idea of making the time seem short. Cf. {Mirth}.] 1. Laughingly gay; overflowing with good humor and good spirits; jovial; inclined to laughter or play; sportive. [1913 Webster]

They drank, and were merry with him. --Gen. xliii. 34. [1913 Webster]

I am never merry when I hear sweet music. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Cheerful; joyous; not sad; happy. [1913 Webster]

Is any merry? let him sing psalms. --Jas. v. 13. [1913 Webster]

3. Causing laughter, mirth, gladness, or delight; as, a merry jest. ``Merry wind and weather.'' --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

{Merry dancers}. See under {Dancer}.

{Merry men}, followers; retainers. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

His merie men commanded he To make him bothe game and glee. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

{To make merry}, to be jovial; to indulge in hilarity; to feast with mirth. --Judg. ix. 27. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Cheerful; blithe; lively; sprightly; vivacious; gleeful; joyous; mirthful; jocund; sportive; hilarious. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • make merry — {v. phr.}, {literary} To have fun, laugh, and be happy, * /In Aesop s fable the grasshopper made merry while the ant worked and saved up food./ * /In the Bible story a rich man ate and drank and made merry./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • make merry — {v. phr.}, {literary} To have fun, laugh, and be happy, * /In Aesop s fable the grasshopper made merry while the ant worked and saved up food./ * /In the Bible story a rich man ate and drank and made merry./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • make merry — ► make merry indulge in merriment. Main Entry: ↑merry …   English terms dictionary

  • make merry — verb celebrate noisily, often indulging in drinking; engage in uproarious festivities The members of the wedding party made merry all night Let s whoop it up the boss is gone! • Syn: ↑revel, ↑racket, ↑make whoopie, ↑make happy, ↑whoop it up, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • make merry — have fun, laugh and celebrate We decided to go to a nice restaurant and make merry for the evening …   Idioms and examples

  • make\ merry — v. phr. literary To have fun, laugh, and be happy, In Aesop s fable the grasshopper made merry while the ant worked and saved up food. In the Bible story a rich man ate and drank and made merry …   Словарь американских идиом

  • make merry — I m afraid we may have made merry a bit too long last night Syn: have fun, have a good time, enjoy oneself, have a party, celebrate, carouse, feast, ‘eat, drink, and be merry, ’ revel, roister; informal party, have a ball …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • make merry — indulge in merriment. → merry …   English new terms dictionary

  • make merry — Synonyms and related words: beat the drum, blow the trumpet, carouse, celebrate, commemorate, cut loose, debauch, dress ship, fire a salute, hallow, hell around, hold jubilee, honor, jollify, jolly, jubilate, jubilize, keep, lark, let go, let… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • make merry — verb To enjoy oneself in a jolly and festive manner …   Wiktionary

  • make merry — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. frolic, revel, enjoy; see enjoy oneself , play 1 …   English dictionary for students


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