\ 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.

Other Words from mirth

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

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 At the keyboard, Vanhoenacker has danced, and on his pages there is tumbling mirth indeed. David M. Shribman, BostonGlobe.com, 14 July 2022 And that darker-than-dark capper doesn’t do anything to erase the material along the way that does have some mirth to it. Chris Willman, Variety, 10 Apr. 2022 But embedded in the mirth is a wholesale indictment of this toxic brew of unfettered capitalism and greed that frustrated the pandemic response at every turn. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 Some of the entertainers who filled the McBride home with music and mirth included Cahal Dunne, Tony Kenny, Phil Coulter, Red Hurley, Finbar Furey, Andy Cooney and the Celtic Willoughby Brothers. Frederick N. Rasmussen, Baltimore Sun, 13 Apr. 2022 Smith’s background includes The Thick of It and Veep, which may promise more mirth than Slow Horses delivers, but both shows are illustrative of the kind of workplace Slough House offers. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Mar. 2022 But such mirth and mayhem are not Mainstream Sellout‘s goal. Charles Aaron, Rolling Stone, 28 Mar. 2022 This is the season of mirth and milestones, and one of Mobile’s legacy krewes celebrated accordingly to mark its 40th anniversary. The Masked Observer, al, 15 Feb. 2022 Unlike the best breads that still go stale, every single day of Mardi Gras, through the pendulum’s last swing on Fat Tuesday, is going to be as sweet as the first, as mirth and misrule replenish themselves with each new sunrise. al, 6 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Mirth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mirth. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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Kids Definition of mirth

: happiness and laughter : merry behavior

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