merry


merry
merry, blithe, jocund, jovial, jolly mean indicating or showing high spirits or lightheartedness often in play and laughter.
Merry implies a gay, cheerful temper or mood and uninhibited enjoyment of frolic, festivity, or fun of any sort
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a merrier man, within the limit of becoming mirth, I never spent an hour's talk withal— Shak.

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let us drink and be merry, dance, joke, and rejoice— Jordan

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for the good are always the merry, save by an evil chance, and the merry love the fiddle, and the merry love to dance— Yeats

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Blithe carries a stronger implication of freshness, buoyancy, and lightheartedness than merry; it usually suggests carefree, innocent, or even heedless gaiety
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see this lovely child, blithe, innocent, and free. She spends a happy time with little care— Shelley

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he wrote blithe gay idiocies to me— White

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entertained by the author's blithe companionship and his engaging chatter— Percy Atkinson

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Jocund heightens the implication of gladness and usually also connotes liveliness, exhilaration of spirits, or elation
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a poet could not but be gay, in such a jocund company— Wordsworth

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he was ... in that jocund, new-married mood— Mary Austin

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invested the matter with a clownish significance that perfectly fitted the spirit of the circus— jocund, yet charming— E. B. White

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Jovial connotes especially good-fellowship or conviviality
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a jovial, full-stomached, portly government servant with a marvelous capacity for making bad puns— Kipling

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his manner became more jaunty, jovial, half-jesting— Wolfe

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Jolly often suggests higher spirits than jovial and an even more manifest attempt to keep others laughing (as by jesting, bantering, and playing tricks)
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I don't care; I'm not refined. I like the jolly old pantomime where a man sits on his top hat— Chesterton

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ran down the street . . . with so jolly an air that he set everyone he passed into a good humor— Stevenson

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Analogous words: gay, vivacious, *lively, sprightly, animated: joyful, joyous, cheerful, *glad, happy, lighthearted: mirthful, gleeful, hilarious (see corresponding nouns at MIRTH)

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