Part of speech: noun
Origin: Old English, pre-12th century
Amusement, especially as expressed in laughter.
Examples of Mirth in a sentence
" 'With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.' ― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice""
"The silly cartoons inspired chuckles of mirth from the kids."
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The noun "mirth" comes from the Old English word "myrgth," which is of Germanic origin. The original meaning is related to the adjective "merry," meaning cheerful and lively. Use mirth when you're so amused that you just can't control your laughter.
Did you Know?
Look up "mirth" in the dictionary, and you'll also find an entry for "mirthquake." This punny portmanteau means "an extremely funny play, film, or other entertainment" — essentially something that inspires the body-shaking chuckles of mirth.