mirth NOUN amusement, especially as expressed in laughter.
DERIVATIVES mirthful adjective.
ORIGIN Old English, related to MERRY(Cf. ↑merry).

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  • mirthful — (adj.) c.1300, from MIRTH (Cf. mirth) + FUL (Cf. ful). Related: Mirthfully; mirthfulness …   Etymology dictionary

  • mirthful — [adj] merry amusing, blithe, blithesome, carefree, cheerful, cheery, convivial, enjoyable, entertaining, festive, frolicsome, fun loving, funny, gay, glad, gleeful, happy, jocund, jolly, joyful, joyous, larking, lighthearted, lively, perky,… …   New thesaurus

  • mirthful — [mʉrth′fəl] adj. full of, expressing, or causing mirth; merry mirthfully adv. mirthfulness n …   English World dictionary

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  • mirthful — adjective 1. arousing or provoking laughter an amusing film with a steady stream of pranks and pratfalls an amusing fellow a comic hat a comical look of surprise funny stories that made everybody laugh a very funny writer it would have been… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • mirthful — adjective filled with mirth Syn: happy, joyful …   Wiktionary

  • mirthful — Synonyms and related words: blithe, blithesome, buxom, festive, frivolous, gay, gleeful, hilarious, jocular, jocund, jolly, jovial, joyful, joyous, laughter loving, lighthearted, merry, mirth loving, rejoicing, risible …   Moby Thesaurus

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