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Meaning of MERRY-ANDREW

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior
 

MERRY-ANDREW is a 12 letter word that starts with M.

 

 Synonyms: buffoon, clown
 
 See Also: comedian, comic, Emmett Kelly, fool, harlequin, jester, Kelly, Weary Willie, whiteface, zany

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Mer"ry-an"drew\, n.
One whose business is to make sport for others; a buffoon; a
zany; especially, one who attends a mountebank or quack
doctor.

Note: This term is said to have originated from one Andrew
      Borde, an English physician of the 16th century, who
      gained patients by facetious speeches to the multitude.

 

 

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