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[murth-fuh l] /ˈmɜrθ fəl/
joyous; gay; jolly:
a mirthful laugh.
providing mirth; amusing:
a mirthful experience.
Origin of mirthful
1275-1325; Middle English; see mirth, -ful
Related forms
mirthfully, adverb
mirthfulness, noun
unmirthful, adjective
unmirthfully, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He was a good-looking, long-limbed youth with a notable blue eye, and a glance of mirthful sobriety.

    The Woman from Outside Hulbert Footner
  • I burst into a fit of laughter, which was not so mirthful as it might seem.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • It was not a mirthful laugh, it may be supposed, or harmonious, and it startled her as she heard it pealing into the silence.

    The Marriage of Elinor Margaret Oliphant
  • John and Mary looked at each other with a nod of mirthful approval.

    Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
  • What was she going to do, with that shining, tremulous, mirthful face?

    Rough-Hewn Dorothy Canfield
  • "There, boy," he said, wiping the mirthful tears from his eyes.

  • Her look had wholly altered; she was bright, mirthful, overflowing with affectionate welcome.

    In the Year of Jubilee George Gissing
  • My experience, both serious and mirthful, combats this conclusion.

    My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass
  • Thus, in the midst of all this mirthful fellowship, there was nought to hinder my fears and hopes from taking their way.

  • 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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