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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. 2018.
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  • Their mirthfulness, then, at least, grows with the joy of spreading it.

  • Out of the heart of mirthfulness, this shadow had come forth to him.

    Pierre; or The Ambiguities Herman Melville
  • I must say their laughter throughout was far beyond the mirthfulness of the facts.

    An Open-Eyed Conspiracy W. D. Howells
  • She gave him for the first time a glance that had the element of mirthfulness in it.

    Cynthia Wakeham's Money Anna Katharine Green
  • Near him was an old Revolutionary soldier, full of mirthfulness, and a capital story teller.

  • An air of youth, and of jocund life, of zest and of mirthfulness came in with Jack, inevitably calling up smiles to meet him.

    Love in a Cloud

    Arlo Bates
  • The style they called Mirth-music (Ganntree) consisted of lively airs, which excited to cheerfulness, mirthfulness, and laughter.

  • No effort was made, however, to take the mirthfulness out of me, and I doubt if anything could have succeeded in this.

    The World As I Have Found It Mary L. Day Arms
  • Oh, praised be the beauty of this earth; the beauty, and the bloom, and the mirthfulness thereof.

    Pierre; or The Ambiguities Herman Melville
  • His pretty boy, Marcus, whose bright young life was so soon to end, charmed all by his mirthfulness and engaging ways.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
Word Origin and History for mirthfulness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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