Definition of mirthless in English:

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mirthless

Pronunciation: /ˈməːθlɪs/

adjective

(Of a smile or laugh) lacking real amusement and typically expressing irony: he gave a short, mirthless laugh
More example sentences
  • She doesn't need to articulate as much, her hooting, strangely mirthless laugh says it for her.
  • ‘No,’ he said again, a mirthless smile forming on his lips.
  • I gave a mirthless laugh - of course, Jay and I hardly acknowledged each other as friends so perhaps I was being too melodramatic over this.
Synonyms
humourless, unamused, grim, glum, moody, sour, surly, dour, sullen, sulky, gloomy, scowling, glowering, sombre, lugubrious, mournful, melancholy, melancholic, doleful, miserable, dismal, grumpy, churlish, grouchy

Derivatives

mirthlessly

adverb
Example sentences
  • ‘Yeah, uh…’ she trailed off then laughed mirthlessly as there was nothing funny about the situation.
  • ‘I'll go mum,’ Melanie said, poking mirthlessly at her pancake imagining it was Neli's head.
  • He glances down, smiles mirthlessly, and switches the picture from his right hand to his left.

mirthlessness

noun
Example sentences
  • Desperation and mirthlessness are possibly the two most unattractive qualities in a person and, as this album proves, in music.
  • Must be hard to see right in front of you proof positive of the mirthlessness of your future…
  • There is an upside to all of this dreary, mean-spirited mirthlessness, though.

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