Definition of merrymaking in English:



  • The process of enjoying oneself with others, especially by dancing and drinking.

    • ‘We do not smirk at the misery or the merrymaking of immoral culture.’
    • ‘Which is reason enough to celebrate, although it has taken awhile for the members of Radke's bargaining team to climb on board for the merrymaking.’
    • ‘General merrymaking on the second day of Easter includes the rolling of Easter eggs, games to test one's strength, and swinging on swings.’
    • ‘All around me, the merrymaking sounds of the party continued on, but I was oblivious.’
    • ‘They also abandoned whole towns to go merrymaking.’
    • ‘This is most evident in the second movement, described as having ‘a sense of animation and urgency’ which feels more like merrymaking under duress.’
    • ‘So the goofy Greeks decorated their merrymaking in pretty bows and successfully sublimated their impulses with constrictive ceremonial routines.’
    • ‘But all the merrymaking ends when the trial begins.’
    • ‘The wider feelings of distrust or dislike for the Irish harbored by some passengers on board were concentrated in the disapproval of their dancing and general merrymaking.’
    • ‘In all of this merrymaking, I cannot overlook the meticulous research into instruments and music that preludes such an undertaking.’
    • ‘Em was not isolated from the merrymaking - against her will, of course.’
    • ‘More raucous merrymaking took place in public spaces as artisans and farmers raised liberty poles and enlisted men fired thirteen-gun salutes.’
    • ‘In three decades of celebrations, friendly gatherings, bashes, and general merrymaking, I've never experienced anything quite like it.’
    • ‘The juxtaposition of a park for merrymaking alongside a park designed to evoke a sense of debt owed past sacrifice accounted for the shrine's broad-based appeal.’
    • ‘I broke my tune, and raised my head in the merrymaking's direction.’
    • ‘None of the merrymaking warriors is looking towards where a long column of tiny figures is stealthily descending upon them.’
    • ‘Participating in the merrymaking occurs amongst all regardless if one is employed or unemployed.’
    • ‘I've hardly known a bloke who did not like the merrymaking, that Christimas epitomises.’
    • ‘I can not believe a nation as addicted to drinking, hunting, fighting and riotous merrymaking as the English didn't have some rousing folk music in the past.’
    • ‘He heard a few reactionary mutterings of disappointment amongst the barflies; staff smashing glasses was the height of sophisticated merrymaking after a certain volume of arm-bending.’
    high spirits, high-spiritedness, exuberance
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