\ ˈmərth How to pronounce mirth (audio) \

Definition of mirth

: gladness or gaiety as shown by or accompanied with laughter His clumsy attempt at dancing caused much mirth.

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Other Words from mirth

mirthful \ ˈmərth-​fəl How to pronounce mirthful (audio) \ adjective
mirthfully \ ˈmərth-​fə-​lē How to pronounce mirthfully (audio) \ adverb
mirthfulness noun
mirthless \ ˈmərth-​ləs How to pronounce mirthless (audio) \ adjective
mirthlessly \ ˈmərth-​lē How to pronounce mirthlessly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of mirth in a Sentence

Her clumsy attempt to cut the cake was the cause of much mirth. as charming as your mutual mirth is, could you refrain from nudging each other and giggling during class?
Recent Examples on the Web Part of reducing the spread is reducing the mirth, and the MLB will not allow teammates to engage in close-quarters celebrations suhc as dapping or hugging during games. Dan Carson, Houston Chronicle, "The 5 weirdest rules unveiled for MLB's shortened 2020 season," 24 June 2020 The book’s mirth is laced with melancholy, its gags centered on pain. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Two Paths for the Comic Novel (and the Funniest Books to Read in Quarantine)," 27 Apr. 2020 Well, this year wasn’t shaping up for much mirth and merriment, considering the nature of social distancing. Al Saracevic, SFChronicle.com, "On the bright side: How one Palo Alto family maintained its April Fool’s Day tradition," 1 Apr. 2020 Chung, whose previous features include Munyurangabo, Lucky Life and Abigail Harm, has a light touch and a predilection for dry mirth, both of which serve him well here. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Minari': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 27 Jan. 2020 There has been no shortage of mirth and fury surrounding Goop—including a $145,000 settlement in 2018 related to controversial claims about the prospective healing properties of jade eggs. Harper's BAZAAR, "Gwyneth Paltrow Gets Real About Past Relationships, Her Place in the #MeToo Movement, and Why She Quit Acting for Good," 7 Jan. 2020 Conversely the two André Kertész Polaroids in the show really do look like Kertészes: lyrical, ever so slightly mysterious, conveying both mirth and melancholy. BostonGlobe.com, "This special Polaroid own-ness — as artistry, as innovation, as cultural state of mind — is the subject of “The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology.” The exhibition runs through June 21 at the MIT Museum.," 25 Oct. 2019 Featuring a full cast of actors of color, this beloved production transports the audience away to a radiant and exotic setting, befitting the mirth and magic of Shakespeare's romantic comedy. SFChronicle.com, "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," 9 Aug. 2019 Hardy said the analysis should come secondary to the tradition, mirth and enjoyment of Carnival whether its New Orleans, Mobile or elsewhere. al, "Can Mobile unmask the true worth of Mardi Gras?," 4 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of mirth

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mirth

Middle English, from Old English myrgth, from myrge merry — more at merry

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The first known use of mirth was before the 12th century

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28 Jun 2020

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“Mirth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mirth. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mirth

formal + literary : happiness and laughter


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Kids Definition of mirth

: happiness and laughter : merry behavior

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