noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English myrgth, from myrge merry — more at merry Date: before 12th century gladness or gaiety as shown by or accompanied with laughter • mirthful adjectivemirthfully adverbmirthfulness nounmirthless adjectivemirthlessly adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • mirth — (n.) O.E. myrgð joy, pleasure, from P.Gmc. *murgitha (Cf. M.Du. merchte), noun of quality from *murgjo (see MERRY (Cf. merry); also see TH (Cf. th)). Mirthquake entertainment that excites convulsive laughter first attested 1928, in ref. to Harold …   Etymology dictionary

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  • mirth — ► NOUN ▪ amusement, especially as expressed in laughter. DERIVATIVES mirthful adjective. ORIGIN Old English, related to MERRY(Cf. ↑merry) …   English terms dictionary

  • mirth — [mʉrth] n. [ME myrthe < OE myrgth, pleasure, joy < base of myrig, pleasant: see MERRY] joyfulness, gaiety, or merriment, esp. when characterized by laughter …   English World dictionary

  • mirth — mirthless, adj. /merrth/, n. 1. gaiety or jollity, esp. when accompanied by laughter: the excitement and mirth of the holiday season. 2. amusement or laughter: He was unable to conceal his mirth. [bef. 900; ME mirthe, OE myrgth. See MERRY, TH1]… …   Universalium

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