Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Full of gladness and gaiety.
  • adj. Characterized by or expressing gladness and gaiety: a warm, tender, and mirthful movie.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. filled with mirth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of mirth or merriment; merry.
  • adj. Indicating or inspiring mirth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Full of mirth or gaiety; characterized by or accompanied with merriment; jovial; festive.
  • Causing or provoking mirth or merriment.
  • Synonyms Jovial, etc. (see jolly), gay, gleeful, sportive, playful.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. full of or showing high-spirited merriment
  • adj. arousing or provoking laughter

Etymologies

From mirth +‎ -ful. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But he also incorporated a 150-square-foot sunshade printed with what he refers to as a mirthful interpretation of the apocalypse by Roy Lichtenstein.

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  • What barrister, young or old, cannot recall mirthful eyes that, with quick shyness, have turned away from his momentary notice, as in answer to the rustling of silk, or stirred by sympathetic consciousness of women's noiseless presence, he has raised his face from a volume of reports, and seen two or three timorous girls peering through the golden haze of a

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  • “The best clinicians understand that there is an intrinsic physiological intervention brought about by positive emotions such as mirthful laughter, optimism and hope,” the ‘Daily Mail’ quoted lead researcher Dr Lee Berk as saying.

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  • The show oscillates between kind of mirthful and mournful.

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  • -- Amadis, I mean? "he asked, his blue eyes sparkling with a kind of mirthful ardour.

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  • In describing himself as a "hardcore medical clinician and scientist," Dr. Berk says, "the best clinicians understand that there is an intrinsic physiological intervention brought about by positive emotions such as mirthful laughter, optimism and hope.

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  • Bella's tragic expression vanished, and she laughed outright in sheer genuineness of mirthful recollection.

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  • Like many in Los Angeles, I have seen the billboard with that note in simple black cursive script against a white background dotting the landscape with what must be said is a pretty eye-catching and mirthful ad campaign.

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  • "Effect of mirthful laughter on vascular function."

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  • Murky and mirthful sounds are poured into the band's psychedelic cauldron, bubbling up and eventually bursting forth with a buoyant vibrancy, chirpy pop songs disguised as experimental sound collages.

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