\ˈmərth \

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 \-​fəl \ adjective
mirthfully \-​fə-​lē \ adverb
mirthfulness noun
mirthless \-​ləs \ adjective
mirthlessly \-​lē \ 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?

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The handle of the chrome tea kettle architect Andrew Wilkinson bought gets too hot to hold, a regular source of mirth for his wife. Catherine Romano, WSJ, "10 Decorators’ Best and Worst Buys," 27 July 2018 That mirth, combined with the utter ridiculousness of the plot, makes Barry an effective, if violent, escape from the cruelty of the real world. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "9 Emmy-Nominated Shows You Can Binge to Escape Reality," 13 July 2018 The story of the maybe-couple’s lofty meet-cute had slipped the surly bonds of mirth. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "#PlaneBae and the Slow Death of Whimsy," 6 July 2018 But even more of the mirth springs from the fact that, in this installment especially, size matters. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ant-Man and the Wasp': Film Review," 27 June 2018 The reaction among diplomats and academics in Nicaragua ranged from mirth to outrage. Glenn Garvin, miamiherald, "Dangerous drug lord or academic? Nicaraguan opposition leader fights charges by Ortega," 15 June 2018 Since then, two photos of Hogan have surfaced from the Idaho State Archives, both of which give him equal measure of sadness and mirth. Katherine Jones, idahostatesman, "'Jimmy the Stiff,' Boise's infamous town drunk, gets a proper toast a century later," 1 June 2018 Belly Up, a debut story collection from Rita Bullwinkel, runs on a similar kind of shuddering mirth. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Weird Fiction Is Alive," 7 May 2018 Count Glennwood, with its 400 acres and 20-30 broodmares, among the smallish farms where the mirth of having a horse in the Derby is tinged with condolence. Chuck Culpepper, chicagotribune.com, "Scat Daddy, sire who died in 2015, dominates Kentucky Derby field in 2018," 5 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of mirth

: happiness and laughter


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Kids Definition of mirth

: happiness and laughter : merry behavior

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