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Merry andrew   /mˈɛri ˈændru/   Listen
Merry andrew

A person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior.  Synonyms: buffoon, clown, goof, goofball.

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"Merry andrew" Quotes from Famous Books

... talent, the Andalusians are not much addicted to intellectual pursuits, at least in the present day. The person in most esteem among them is invariably the greatest MAJO, and to acquire that character it is necessary to appear in the dress of a Merry Andrew, to bully, swagger, and smoke continually, to dance passably, and to strum the guitar. They are fond of obscenity and what they term PICARDIAS. Amongst them learning is at a terrible discount, Greek, ...
— The Zincali - An Account of the Gypsies of Spain • George Borrow

... draw "as funny as he can"; there are dull talking and melancholy pictures in abundance to counterbalance his pleasantry. Let him amuse the children, relax with jocosity the sternness of adults, and wreathe into smiles the wrinkles of old age. Let him, in a word, be a Merry Andrew,—the patron and promoter of frolicsomeness. To be only this is nothing to his discredit; and to esteem him for being only this is not to pay respect to ...
— The Atlantic Monthly , Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858 • Various

... not to get through with that potatoe patch, yet he was always as busy as a bee when he saw "the master" coming that way, who would praise him for his industry and wink at his tricks. Tommy was quite a Merry Andrew, and more knave than fool, after all; and when he became a decent looking man, from the present of a bran new suit—cap-a-pie—and a comb into the bargain, which his thoughtful benefactor procured for him, he was decidedly the lion of the kitchen cabinet. But how to get rid of Tommy became ...
— A Biographical Sketch of the Life and Character of Joseph Charless - In a Series of Letters to his Grandchildren • Charlotte Taylor Blow Charless

Words linked to "Merry andrew" :   jester, comedian, Weary Willie, zany, fool, harlequin, comic, Emmett Kelly, clown, whiteface, Kelly, motley fool

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