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ADJECTIVE (3)

1. full of or showing high-spirited merriment;
- Example: "when hearts were young and gay"
- Example: "a poet could not but be gay, in such a jocund company"- Wordsworth
- Example: "the jolly crowd at the reunion"
- Example: "jolly old Saint Nick"
- Example: "a jovial old gentleman"
- Example: "have a merry Christmas"
- Example: "peals of merry laughter"
- Example: "a mirthful laugh"
[syn: gay, jocund, jolly, jovial, merry, mirthful]

2. offering fun and gaiety;
- Example: "a festive (or festal) occasion"
- Example: "gay and exciting night life"
- Example: "a merry evening"
[syn: gay, festal, festive, merry]

3. quick and energetic;
- Example: "a brisk walk in the park"
- Example: "a lively gait"
- Example: "a merry chase"
- Example: "traveling at a rattling rate"
- Example: "a snappy pace"
- Example: "a spanking breeze"
[syn: alert, brisk, lively, merry, rattling, snappy, spanking, zippy]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Merry \Mer"ry\ (m[e^]r"r[y^]), n. (Bot.) A kind of wild red cherry. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

merry 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, jovial, merry, mirthful] 2: offering fun and gaiety; "a festive (or festal) occasion"; "gay and exciting night life"; "a merry evening" [syn: gay, festal, festive, merry] 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: alert, brisk, lively, merry, rattling, snappy, spanking, zippy]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

84 Moby Thesaurus words for "merry": addled, animated, beery, bemused, besotted, blind drunk, blithe, blithesome, boon, buoyant, buxom, carefree, carouse, celebrate, cheerful, cheery, convivial, crapulent, crapulous, delighted, dizzy, drenched, drunk, drunken, exhilarating, exuberant, far-gone, festal, festive, flustered, fou, frivolous, frolic, full, gala, gay, giddy, glad, gladsome, gleeful, glorious, happy, hilarious, in liquor, inebriate, inebriated, inebrious, intoxicated, jocular, jocund, jolly, jovial, joyful, joyous, jubilant, laughter-loving, light-hearted, lighthearted, lively, mad, make merry, maudlin, mellow, merrymaking, mirth-loving, mirthful, muddled, nappy, on the loose, reeling, rejoicing, revel, riant, risible, shikker, sodden, sotted, sprightly, tiddly, tipsy, unconstrained, under the influence, vivacious, wild