Merry-andrew Mer"ry-an"drew (m[e^]r"r[y^]-[a^]n"dr[udd]), n. One whose business is to make sport for others; a buffoon; a zany; especially, one who attends a mountebank or quack doctor. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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