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[en-joi-uh-buh l] /ɛnˈdʒɔɪ ə bəl/
giving or capable of giving joy or pleasure:
a very enjoyable film.
Origin of enjoyable
First recorded in 1635-45; enjoy + -able
Related forms
enjoyableness, noun
enjoyably, adverb
preenjoyable, adjective
unenjoyable, adjective
unenjoyableness, noun
unenjoyably, adverb
pleasant, agreeable, delightful, satisfying.
boring, unpleasant; hateful, detestable, loathsome. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • There had followed a little supper, and the affair ended most enjoyably.

    Andy at Yale Roy Eliot Stokes
  • "I'm afraid you and I are in the same boat," said Graeme enjoyably.

    Pearl of Pearl Island John Oxenham
  • Speeches, toasts and a gramophone concert made the evening pass quickly and enjoyably.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • In the history of Scotland, most of what is worth knowing may be most enjoyably learned from the pages of Sir Walter.

  • The effects of my adventure soon passed away, and the days glided on most enjoyably.

    Brownsmith's Boy George Manville Fenn
  • The freedom seemed bred, imperceptibly and enjoyably, from the delicate cloud in the air.

    Hilda Sarah Jeanette Duncan
  • When I have time, I lie down, on my stuffed-seaweed bed, and write my thoughts leisurely and enjoyably.

    An Ocean Tramp William McFee
  • In order to do this enjoyably or successfully, it is necessary to have the piazza or garden somewhat secluded.

    The Etiquette of To-day Edith B. Ordway
  • "Well, I like that," cried Grace, breaking the silence in which they had all been enjoyably regarding the little scene.

Word Origin and History for enjoyably



1640s, "capable of being enjoyed," from enjoy + -able. Meaning "affording pleasure" is from 1744. Related: Enjoyably; enjoyableness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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