Merry vs Murry - What's the difference?

merry | murry |

As a proper noun merry

is originally a nickname for a merry person.

As a noun murry is

moray eel.



Alternative forms

* (l) (obsolete)


  • Jolly and full of high spirits
  • We had a very merry Christmas.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I am never merry when I hear sweet music.
  • Festive and full of fun and laughter
  • * 1883 , (Howard Pyle), (The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood)
  • f I have the chance, I will make our worshipful Sheriff pay right well for that which he hath done to me. Maybe I may bring him some time into Sherwood Forest and have him to a right merry feast with us.
    Everyone was merry at the party.
  • Brisk
  • The play moved along at a merry pace.
  • Causing laughter, mirth, gladness, or delight.
  • a merry jest
  • * Spenser
  • merry wind and weather
  • (euphemistic) drunk; tipsy
  • Some of us got a little merry at the office Christmas party.

    Alternative forms

    * (obsolete) mery

    Derived terms

    * Merry Christmas * Merry Eid


    * happy * gay * content * joyful * cheerful * pleased * exultant * ecstatic * jovial


    * miserable * unhappy

    Derived terms

    * merrier * merrily * merriment




  • moray eel
  • (Webster 1913)