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’
    • ‘She doesn't need to articulate as much, her hooting, strangely mirthless laugh says it for her.’
    • ‘A mirthless smile upturned one corner of his mouth.’
    • ‘The way his features were set, and especially the mirthless smirk on his face, gave him an almost malignant appearance.’
    • ‘He watched, his eyes mirthless as she pulled her saber clear from the slight cover of the light coat she wore.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I objected quickly, but his mirthless chuckle made me stop in my tracks.’
    • ‘I mentally flinched and let out a mirthless laugh.’
    • ‘He presses, a small and mirthless smirk coming to his stoic lips.’
    • ‘Then, all in a moment, her face darkened with a mirthless glare as though there had been no jocularity to begin with.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘His laughter was spiteful and mirthless, and he took his time, content to let his presence sink in.’
    • ‘The werewolf bared its fangs in a mirthless grin and made a low growling sound that sounded chillingly like laughter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘How symbolic, he thought with a mirthless smile.’
    • ‘‘I'm such a wimp,’ she muttered out angrily, a mirthless smile tainting her lips.’
    • ‘One look and I gave a mirthless laugh, mocking myself.’
    • ‘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

/ˈmərθləs//ˈmərTHləs/