mirthless

adjective
mirth·​less | \ ˈmərth-ləs How to pronounce mirthless (audio) \

Definition of mirthless

: containing no gaiety or joy A vague mirthless grin contracted Liff Hyatt's face …— Edith Wharton Voldemort turned his scarlet eyes upon Harry, laughing a high, cold, mirthless laugh.— J. K. Rowling

Other Words from mirthless

mirthlessly \ ˈmərth-​ləs-​lē How to pronounce mirthlessly (audio) \ adverb
mirthlessness noun

First Known Use of mirthless

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mirthless

Middle English myrtheles, from myrthe mirth + -les -less

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3 Sep 2020

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“Mirthless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mirthless. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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mirthless

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English Language Learners Definition of mirthless

formal + literary : showing or feeling no happiness or pleasure

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