Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

Avoid these words. Seriously.

graceful

[greys-fuh l] /ˈgreɪs fəl/
adjective
1.
characterized by elegance or beauty of form, manner, movement, or speech; elegant:
a graceful dancer; a graceful reply.
Origin of graceful
late Middle English
1375-1425
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
Synonyms
limber, lithe, lissome.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for gracefully
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • 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

graceful

/ˈɡreɪsfʊl/
adjective
1.
characterized by beauty of movement, style, form, etc
Derived Forms
gracefully, adverb
gracefulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for gracefully

graceful

adj.

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
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for gracefully

Word Value for gracefully

19
23
Scrabble Words With Friends