Definition of mirthless in English:

mirthless

adjective

  • (of a smile or laugh) lacking real amusement and typically expressing irony.

    ‘he gave a short, mirthless laugh’
    • ‘How symbolic, he thought with a mirthless smile.’
    • ‘A mirthless smile upturned one corner of his mouth.’
    • ‘He watched, his eyes mirthless as she pulled her saber clear from the slight cover of the light coat she wore.’
    • ‘One look and I gave a mirthless laugh, mocking myself.’
    • ‘I mentally flinched and let out a mirthless laugh.’
    • ‘I came to realize that it was an unnecessarily mirthless, joyless book and I would like it to be, for one thing, more sensuous, more rounded in a way.’
    • ‘‘I'm such a wimp,’ she muttered out angrily, a mirthless smile tainting her lips.’
    • ‘The way his features were set, and especially the mirthless smirk on his face, gave him an almost malignant appearance.’
    • ‘I objected quickly, but his mirthless chuckle made me stop in my tracks.’
    • ‘She doesn't need to articulate as much, her hooting, strangely mirthless laugh says it for her.’
    • ‘His laughter was spiteful and mirthless, and he took his time, content to let his presence sink in.’
    • ‘Then, all in a moment, her face darkened with a mirthless glare as though there had been no jocularity to begin with.’
    • ‘He presses, a small and mirthless smirk coming to his stoic lips.’
    • ‘The werewolf bared its fangs in a mirthless grin and made a low growling sound that sounded chillingly like laughter.’
    • ‘‘No,’ he said again, a mirthless smile forming on his lips.’
    • ‘That got a few mirthless chuckles from the rest of the men.’
    • ‘Angelos mirrored the mirthless look, all signs of warmth abruptly gone from his countenance.’
    • ‘I gave a mirthless laugh - of course, Jay and I hardly acknowledged each other as friends so perhaps I was being too melodramatic over this.’
    • ‘Theresa's jaw dropped, her face becoming stale and mirthless.’
    • ‘Relieved, he stole a glance back that that officer, mirthless and cold.’
    humourless, unamused, grim, glum, moody, sour, surly, dour, sullen, sulky, gloomy, scowling, glowering, sombre, lugubrious, mournful, melancholy, melancholic, doleful, miserable, dismal, grumpy, churlish, grouchy
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Pronunciation

mirthless

/ˈməːθlɪs/