mirth

noun
\ 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 Unlike the poem, which depicts the court as a lively place full of mirth, Lowery’s Round Table is gloomy and contemplative, with an ecclesiastical atmosphere. Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 Unlike the poem, which depicts the court as a lively place full of mirth, Lowery’s Round Table is gloomy and contemplative, with an ecclesiastical atmosphere. Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 Harris’ supporters and some outside observers say the attention to her mirth is not funny. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2021 This is why sometimes a crossing guard will wear an outlandish outfit, hopeful that maybe the mirth of the outfit will shock such drivers into a willingness to play along. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 Unlike the poem, which depicts the court as a lively place full of mirth, Lowery’s Round Table is gloomy and contemplative, with an ecclesiastical atmosphere. Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 And when people think of Sparks — and Edgar Wright’s documentary reinforces this — there’s a sense of mirth a lot of the time. Chris Willman, Variety, 21 Aug. 2021 Unlike the poem, which depicts the court as a lively place full of mirth, Lowery’s Round Table is gloomy and contemplative, with an ecclesiastical atmosphere. Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 Unlike the poem, which depicts the court as a lively place full of mirth, Lowery’s Round Table is gloomy and contemplative, with an ecclesiastical atmosphere. Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021

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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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“Mirth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mirth. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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mirth

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mirth

: happiness and laughter

mirth

noun
\ ˈmərth How to pronounce mirth (audio) \

Kids Definition of mirth

: happiness and laughter : merry behavior

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