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merry-andrew

[mer-ee-an-droo] /ˌmɛr iˈæn dru/
noun
1.
a clown; buffoon.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75; merry + Andrew, generic use of the proper name
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British Dictionary definitions for merry andrew

merry-andrew

noun
1.
a joker, clown, or buffoon
Word Origin
C17: original reference of Andrew unexplained
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Word Origin and History for merry andrew

merry-andrew

n.

"a buffoon; a zany; a jack-pudding" [Johnson], originally "mountebank's assistant," 1670s, from merry + masc. proper name Andrew, but there is no certain identification with an individual.

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