Definition of merry andrew in English:

merry andrew


  • A person who entertains others by means of comic antics; a clown.

    • ‘In a word, he looked exactly like the ape dressed in the habit of a merry andrew, except that he had no hair.’
    • ‘Endorsed by jester, clowns, and merry andrews all over the world!’
    • ‘This is similar to the definition of a ‘Jester’ who is also known as a ‘buffoon, or a merry andrew.’’
    • ‘Also in February, and with equal gravitas, the clowns of London meet annually at the Holy Trinity church in Dalston to put flowers on the memorial for the doyen of merry andrews, the great Grimaldi.’
    humorist, comedian, comedienne, comic, funny man, funny woman, wag, wit, jester
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