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[dih-lahyt-fuh l] /dɪˈlaɪt fəl/
giving great pleasure or delight; highly pleasing:
a delightful surprise.
Origin of delightful
First recorded in 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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  • She was delightfully happy getting into the earth and the earth into her, and she looked it.

    Old Crow Alice Brown
  • I feel so delightfully vicious when I drink it, so unconventional!

    The Green Carnation Robert Smythe Hichens
  • Warm mid-days—the other hours of the twenty-four delightfully fresh and mild—cool evenings, and early mornings perfect.

    Complete Prose Works Walt Whitman
  • Oh, I am so delightfully glad to be so happy, and for you to be so happy at the same time.

    A Woman's Will Anne Warner
  • It was delightfully wooded scenery through which we passed, and a snug little spot where we lunched.

British Dictionary definitions for delightfully


giving great delight; very pleasing, beautiful, charming, etc
Derived Forms
delightfully, adverb
delightfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for delightfully



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

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