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[murth-fuh l] /ˈmɜrθ fəl/
joyous; cheerful; jolly; merry:
a mirthful laugh.
providing mirth; amusing:
a mirthful experience.
Origin of mirthful
Middle English word dating back to 1275-1325; See origin at mirth, -ful
Related forms
mirthfully, adverb
mirthfulness, noun
unmirthful, adjective
unmirthfully, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • 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
  • "There, boy," he said, wiping the mirthful tears from his eyes.

  • My experience, both serious and mirthful, combats this conclusion.

    My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass
  • "I am reasonably sure that you will," was Miriam's mirthful reply.

  • It was not a pleasant laugh, nor was it in the least mirthful.

    Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • I suppose that my smile persisted, and was not a mirthful one.

    The King's Mirror Anthony Hope
Word Origin and History for mirthful

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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