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[dih-lahyt-fuh l] /dɪˈlaɪt fəl/
giving great pleasure or delight; highly pleasing:
a delightful surprise.
Origin of delightful
1520-30; delight + -ful
Related forms
delightfully, adverb
delightfulness, noun
undelightful, adjective
undelightfully, adverb
pleasant, pleasurable, enjoyable; charming, enchanting, delectable, agreeable.
disagreeable. Unabridged
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  • Simply, that you are the most ingenuous, the most delightful creature in the world.

    Venus in Boston; George Thompson
  • His entrance in the very first part of the play is delightful.

  • It was an easy and a delightful voyage, the steamer clean, the sea smooth.

    Vistas in Sicily Arthur Stanley Riggs
  • The weather was delightful after we got outside of the harbor of St. Augustine.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • Altogether he is a delightful, cultured man and a suitable head for the Republic.

    Haiti J. Dryden Kuser
British Dictionary definitions for delightful


giving great delight; very pleasing, beautiful, charming, etc
Derived Forms
delightfully, adverb
delightfulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for delightful

c.1400, from delight (n.) + -ful. Related: Delightfully.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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