merry andrew

merry-andrew

[mer-ee-an-droo]
noun
a clown; buffoon.

Origin:
1665–75; merry + Andrew, generic use of the proper name

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merry-andrew
 
n
a joker, clown, or buffoon
 
[C17: original reference of Andrew unexplained]

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merry-andrew
"a buffoon; a zany; a jack-pudding" [Johnson], originally "mountebank's assistant," 1673, from merry + masc. proper name Andrew, but there is no certain identification with an individual.
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