merry ( merrier comparative) ( merriest superlative )
1 adj If you describe someone's character or behaviour as merry, you mean that they are happy and cheerful.
From the house come the bursts of merry laughter...
merrily adv ADV after v
Chris threw back his head and laughed merrily.
2 adj If you get merry, you get slightly drunk.
INFORMAL v-link ADJ
They went off to Glengarriff to get merry.
3 adj Some people use merry to emphasize something that they are saying, often when they want to express disapproval or humour.
ADJ n (emphasis)
It hasn't stopped the British Navy proceeding on its merry way...
5 Just before Christmas and on Christmas Day, people say `Merry Christmas' to other people to express the hope that they will have a happy time.
Merry Christmas convention
Merry Christmas, everyone..., I just wanted to wish you a merry Christmas...
to play merry hell →
1 adv If you say that someone merrily does something, you are critical of the fact that they do it without realizing that there are a lot of problems which they have not thought about.
ADV with v (disapproval)
There they were, merrily describing their 16-hour working days while simultaneously claiming to be happily married...
2 adv If you say that something is happening merrily, you mean that it is happening fairly quickly, and in a pleasant or satisfactory way.
ADV with v
The ferry cut merrily through the water...
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