\ 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 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 Rogen laughed with a mixture of mirth and bitterness. New York Times, "Seth Rogen and the Secret to Happiness," 20 Apr. 2021 The Hemelrijck home in the northern Belgium city of Mol had organized a Dec. 4 visit from a troupe playing the beloved saint who usually spreads mirth and presents. Raf Casert, ajc, "Belgian St. Nick party for elderly leads to 27 virus deaths," 1 Jan. 2021 The Hemelrijck home in the northern Belgium city of Mol had organized a Dec. 4 visit from a troupe playing the beloved saint who usually spreads mirth and presents. NBC News, "Belgian St. Nick party for elderly leads to 27 coronavirus deaths," 1 Jan. 2021 Government ministers and virologists, celebrity entrepreneurs and influencers held forth on striking the right balance between health and mirth. New York Times, "The Virus That Stole Most of 2020 Now Steals Christmas, Too," 23 Dec. 2020 For such occasions, Fran dons a muumuu (a long loose dress from Hawaii), which is an image that has created some mirth among friends and family. David G. Molyneaux, cleveland, "My year without travel: Long-time Cleveland travel writer reflects on a pandemic year of staying close to home," 17 Dec. 2020 Long before Christianity, late December in the northern hemisphere was a time for midwinter festivals full of mirth and light. Regina Hansen, WSJ, "The Darker Side of Christmas," 19 Dec. 2020 These feelings – like amusement, happiness, mirth and joy – build resiliency and increase creative thinking. Janet M. Gibson, The Conversation, "Laughing is good for your mind and your body – here’s what the research shows," 23 Nov. 2020 Throughout Dixon’s film, Glenn-Copeland exudes an infectious mirth, like a person out of step with these grim times. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "Beverly Glenn-Copeland’s Music for a Future That Never Came," 14 Sep. 2020

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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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30 Apr 2021

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“Mirth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mirth. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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