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mirthful

[murth-fuh l]
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  1. joyous; cheerful; jolly; merry: a mirthful laugh.
  2. providing mirth; amusing: a mirthful experience.
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Origin of mirthful

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at mirth, -ful
Related formsmirth·ful·ly, adverbmirth·ful·ness, nounun·mirth·ful, adjectiveun·mirth·ful·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for mirthful

Historical Examples

  • Miss Georgie Howard nodded her—head three times, and her eyes were mirthful.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • I burst into a fit of laughter, which was not so mirthful as it might seem.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • But mirthful sounds arose, the banquet was at last being served.

    Fruitfulness

    Emile Zola

  • John and Mary looked at each other with a nod of mirthful approval.

    Dr. Sevier

    George W. Cable

  • Keep your laughter for the end, and see whether it will be so mirthful.

    One Of Them

    Charles James Lever


Word Origin and History for mirthful

adj.

c.1300, from mirth + -ful. Related: Mirthfully; mirthfulness.

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