- The definition of merry is festive, full of laughter or fun.
An example of something merry is a joyous wedding celebration; a merry celebration.
- full of fun and laughter; lively and cheerful
- conducive to fun and laughter; festive: the merry month of May
- Archaic pleasant or amusing
Origin of merryMiddle English mery ; from Old English myrge, pleasing, agreeable, akin to Old High German murgi, short ; from Indo-European base an unverified form mreĝhu-, an unverified form mrĝhu-, short from source Classical Greek brachys, Classical Latin brevis, short: basic sense “lasting a short time, seeming brief”
- Full of cheerfulness, liveliness, and good feelings: merry revelers.
- Marked by or offering fun, good feelings, and liveliness; festive: a merry evening.
- Brisk: a merry pace.
- Archaic Delightful or pleasing.
Origin of merryMiddle English merri, from Old English mirige, pleasant; see mregh-u- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative merrier, superlative merriest)
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”).