Mer·ry a. [Compar. Merrier superl. Merriest.]
1. Laughingly gay; overflowing with good humor and good spirits; jovial; inclined to laughter or play; sportive.
They drank, and were merry with him. --Gen. xliii. 34.
I am never merry when I hear sweet music. --Shak.
2. Cheerful; joyous; not sad; happy.
Is any merry? let him sing psalms. --Jas. v. 13.
3. Causing laughter, mirth, gladness, or delight; as, a merry jest. “Merry wind and weather.”
Merry dancers. See under Dancer.
Merry men, followers; retainers. [Obs.]
His merie men commanded he
To make him bothe game and glee. --Chaucer.
-- To make merry, to be jovial; to indulge in hilarity; to feast with mirth. --Judg. ix. 27.
Syn: -- Cheerful; blithe; lively; sprightly; vivacious; gleeful; joyous; mirthful; jocund; sportive; hilarious.
adj 1: full of or showing high-spirited merriment; "when hearts
were young and gay"; "a poet could not but be gay, in
such a jocund company"- Wordsworth; "the jolly crowd
at the reunion"; "jolly old Saint Nick"; "a jovial old
gentleman"; "have a merry Christmas"; "peals of merry
laughter"; "a mirthful laugh" [syn: gay, jocund, jolly,
2: offering fun and gaiety; "a gala ball after the
inauguration"; "a festive (or festal) occasion"; "gay and
exciting night life"; "a merry evening" [syn: gala(a), gay,
3: quick and energetic; "a brisk walk in the park"; "a lively
gait"; "a merry chase"; "traveling at a rattling rate"; "a
snappy pace"; "a spanking breeze" [syn: brisk, lively,
rattling, snappy, spanking, zippy]
[also: merriest, merrier]