Definition of mirth in US English:

mirth

noun

  • Amusement, especially as expressed in laughter.

    ‘his six-foot frame shook with mirth’
    • ‘Laughter, joy and mirth should be considered some of our most primary objectives.’
    • ‘Each and every one found themselves at the centre of the fun and mirth of the occasion at some time over the weekend.’
    • ‘Given the mood of gloom that has spread across the markets perhaps it is best to begin with a spot of mirth.’
    • ‘Ordinarily, this is the kind of footballers cliche which raises much mirth among fans, but on this occasion he may have had a point.’
    • ‘Still, enough of this mirth and merriment, just because it's Friday doesn't mean we should go to pieces.’
    • ‘Whilst this provides a source of mirth for others, I find it downright irritating.’
    • ‘Their manic scramble was a source of considerable mirth to those of us cheering them on.’
    • ‘He started laughing, throwing back his head in cheer as he slapped his knee in mirth.’
    • ‘In the end her kindness changes her life forever, finds her a guy and more than makes up for lost mirth.’
    • ‘It always returns as pangs of memories about mirth and joy veiled by a distant past.’
    • ‘It is in these moments of mirth that perhaps the true genius of the Celtic Tenors is captured.’
    • ‘I aspire to be recognised for quality writing, for consistent humor and mirth.’
    • ‘They soon subsided into a bout of laughter while tears of mirth glistened in their eyes.’
    • ‘He embraces his newfound friend in the throes of passion and turns to look at me, his eyes full of mirth.’
    • ‘It can't be any worse than any of the tales of mirth and woe I've got lined up.’
    • ‘The sheer mirth of this Japanese puppet master injected the audience with ecstasy.’
    • ‘They shared the joy and mirth of every other moment of life.’
    • ‘He limped towards Nicholas, who was gazing at him with tears of mirth in his eyes.’
    • ‘There's naturally rapturous applause intertwined with mirth and salivation.’
    • ‘His face full of mirth, Owen put an arm around her and touched her stomach softly.’
    merriment, high spirits, mirthfulness, cheerfulness, cheeriness, cheer, hilarity, glee, laughter, jocularity, levity, gaiety, buoyancy, blitheness, euphoria, exhilaration, elation, light-heartedness, joviality, joy, joyfulness, joyousness, fun, enjoyment, amusement, pleasure, merrymaking, jollity, festivity, revelry, frolics, frolicsomeness
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Origin

Old English myrgth, of Germanic origin; related to merry.

Pronunciation

mirth

/mərTH//mərθ/