\ 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

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 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 Louisa’s aunt broadcast her kind disposition by constantly tilting her head to one side, crinkling her eyes, and compressing her mouth, as if to savor all the good-tasting mirth trapped inside. Susan Choi, The New Yorker, "Flashlight," 31 Aug. 2020 Pictures posted on social media show the naked man running after a sow and her two piglets to the mirth of fellow bathers at Berlin’s Teufelssee, or Devil’s Lake. USA TODAY, "Nudist chases laptop-stealing wild boar and her piglets in Germany," 7 Aug. 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

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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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2 Oct 2020

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“Mirth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mirth. Accessed 21 Oct. 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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