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joyful

[joi-fuh l] /ˈdʒɔɪ fəl/
adjective
1.
full of joy, as a person or one's heart; glad; delighted.
2.
showing or expressing joy, as looks, actions, or speech.
3.
causing or bringing joy, as an event, a sight, or news; delightful:
the joyful announcement of their marriage.
Origin of joyful
1250-1300
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at joy, -ful
Related forms
joyfully, adverb
joyfulness, noun
overjoyful, adjective
overjoyfully, adverb
overjoyfulness, noun
unjoyful, adjective
unjoyfully, adverb
Synonyms
1. joyous, happy, blithe; buoyant, elated, jubilant. See gay.
Antonyms
1. melancholy.
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  • I joyfully and thankfully accepted them, especially as I was in want of them at that time.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • How joyfully would I keep my word, if they would accept of the offer I renew!

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • As it was, he not only bore it all joyfully but found in it solace and support. '

    Father Sergius Leo Tolstoy
  • He kissed her joyfully and brushed away the snow that fell on her hair.

    Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes
  • Fay, too, had once been joyfully proud and confident—and now!

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
British Dictionary definitions for joyfully

joyful

/ˈdʒɔɪfʊl/
adjective
1.
full of joy; elated
2.
expressing or producing joy: a joyful look, a joyful occasion
Derived Forms
joyfully, adverb
joyfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for joyfully

joyful

adj.

mid-13c., from joy + -ful. Related: Joyfully; joyfulness.

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