Definitions

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

  • adj. Devoid of gladness and gaiety.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Lacking mirth; devoid of joy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Without mirth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Without mirth or hilarity; joyless.

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

  • adj. lacking mirth

Etymologies

From mirth + -less. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Fenn laughed what novelists are fond of calling a mirthless laugh.

    The Head of Kay's

  • Frank Rich of the New York Times called the comedian's performance "mirthless"

    Jerry Weissman: Obama and Comedy

  • It was not boisterous; indeed, it was consciously refined, -- mirthless, meaningless.

    Youth and the Bright Medusa

  • Often, during the last few days, he had told himself, with a kind of mirthless chuckle, that _he_ was not going to be

    From out the Vasty Deep

  • (Christian Slater, John Cleese, Steve Buscemi, Jay Leno, Arsenio Hall), but this time around the script and animation have resulted in a "mirthless," "underimagined" and "strenuously unfunny" movie, according to Variety.

    Taipei Times

  • With all the clouds on the horizon, I’m guessing things are kind of mirthless at the old West Wing.

    Think Progress » 29%

  • Snettishane met the suggestion with a mirthless face, behind the mask of which his soul grinned wide.

    THE MARRIAGE TO LIT-LIT

  • There was a hint in it of laughter, but of a laughter more terrible than any sadness — a laughter that was mirthless as the smile of the sphinx,

    The Trail of Meat

  • She gives the clerk a nod and a mirthless smile and finally makes her way toward the anniversary cards.

    Blank Inside

  • Ad homs, linked to hackneyed cliches, would be comical were it not for the mirthless minds which produce them.

    Berlinski stirring the pot

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