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[greys-fuh l] /ˈgreɪs fəl/
characterized by elegance or beauty of form, manner, movement, or speech; elegant:
a graceful dancer; a graceful reply.
Origin of graceful
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at grace, -ful
Related forms
gracefully, adverb
gracefulness, noun
nongraceful, adjective
nongracefully, adverb
nongracefulness, noun
limber, lithe, lissome. Unabridged
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  • His lines were gracefully full, his bearing had still the alertness of youth.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Calendar surrendered an untenable position as gracefully as could be wished.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Great skill was required to accomplish this surely and gracefully.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • There was nothing for the baffled village sport to do but retreat as gracefully as he could.

    Pee-wee Harris Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • How gracefully their Colonel, the young Count of Eberstein, bounds on his barb!

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
British Dictionary definitions for gracefully


characterized by beauty of movement, style, form, etc
Derived Forms
gracefully, adverb
gracefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for gracefully



mid-15c., "full of grace," also "pleasant, sweet," from grace (n.) + -ful. Meaning "with pleasing or attractive qualities" is from 1580s. Related: Gracefully; gracefulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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