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merrily

Overview

Define the meaning of the English word merrily below. Merrily is an adverb. Also define these 7 related words and terms: cheerful, merry, -'s, cowch, s, summer, and bough.

English

Etymology

From Middle English merily, from Old English myriġlīċe; equivalent to merry +‎ -ly.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈmɛɹɪli/
  • Hyphenation: mer‧ri‧ly

Adverb

merrily (comparative more merrily, superlative most merrily)

  1. In a cheerful or merry way.
    • 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene i], page 17:
      Ariell:
      Where the Bee ſucks, there ſuck I,
      In a Cowslips bell, I lie,
      There I cowch when Owles doe crie,
      On the Batts backe I doe flie
        after Sommer merrily.
      Merrily, merrily, ſhall I liue now
      Vnder the bloſſom that hangs on the Bow.
    • 1956 [1880], Johanna Spyri, Heidi, translation of original by Eileen Hall, page 50:
      Then Heidi would sit down and chatter merrily away.
    • Cowch definition
      Alternative spelling of couch
    • Summer definition
      One of four seasons, traditionally the second, marked by the longest and typically hottest days of the year due to the inclination of the Earth and thermal lag. Typically regarded as being from June 21 to September 22 or 23 in parts of the USA, the months of June, July and August in the United Kingdom and the months of December, January and February in the Southern Hemisphere. (1 of 3 summer definitions)

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