A surname. Originally a nickname for a merry person.
A female given name from the adjective, also a diminutive of Mary and Mercy.
A male given name, a diminutive of Meredith.
- to be festive and full of gaiety; have fun
Other Word Forms of Merry
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Merry
Origin of Merry
From Middle English merie, mirie, myrie, murie, murȝe, from Old English meriÄ¡e, miriÄ¡e, myriÄ¡e, myreÄ¡e, myrÄ¡e (“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").
Middle English merri from Old English mirige pleasant mregh-u- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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