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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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  • And, as though to vouch for the truth of the mirthfulness, she lay back in her chair and shook with hearty laughter.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • Their mirthfulness, then, at least, grows with the joy of spreading it.

  • His face glowed with mirthfulness, and his melancholy humor seemed to have vanished as if by magic.

    The Home in the Valley Emilie F. Carln
  • I must say their laughter throughout was far beyond the mirthfulness of the facts.

    An Open-Eyed Conspiracy W. D. Howells
  • Out of the heart of mirthfulness, this shadow had come forth to him.

    Pierre; or The Ambiguities Herman Melville
  • She gave him for the first time a glance that had the element of mirthfulness in it.

    Cynthia Wakeham's Money Anna Katharine Green
  • This catastrophe was so patent to all beholders as to excite equal wonder and mirthfulness.

    For Woman's Love Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • 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
  • His complexion clear and rosy; his smile so full of cheer and kindliness that it infected others with mirthfulness.

  • It is just below Imitation, just above Logic, and touches the upper side of mirthfulness (see group figure).

    How to Read Human Nature William Walker Atkinson
Word Origin and History for mirthfulness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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