Definition of mirthless in US English:

mirthless

adjective

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

    ‘he gave a short, mirthless laugh’
    • ‘The werewolf bared its fangs in a mirthless grin and made a low growling sound that sounded chillingly like laughter.’
    • ‘A mirthless smile upturned one corner of his mouth.’
    • ‘How symbolic, he thought with a mirthless smile.’
    • ‘Relieved, he stole a glance back that that officer, mirthless and cold.’
    • ‘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 mentally flinched and let out a mirthless laugh.’
    • ‘Then, all in a moment, her face darkened with a mirthless glare as though there had been no jocularity to begin with.’
    • ‘He watched, his eyes mirthless as she pulled her saber clear from the slight cover of the light coat she wore.’
    • ‘He presses, a small and mirthless smirk coming to his stoic lips.’
    • ‘Angelos mirrored the mirthless look, all signs of warmth abruptly gone from his countenance.’
    • ‘Theresa's jaw dropped, her face becoming stale and mirthless.’
    • ‘That got a few mirthless chuckles from the rest of the men.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The way his features were set, and especially the mirthless smirk on his face, gave him an almost malignant appearance.’
    • ‘‘I'm such a wimp,’ she muttered out angrily, a mirthless smile tainting her lips.’
    • ‘‘No,’ he said again, a mirthless smile forming on his lips.’
    • ‘One look and I gave a mirthless laugh, mocking myself.’
    • ‘His laughter was spiteful and mirthless, and he took his time, content to let his presence sink in.’
    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/