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[joi-fuh l] /ˈdʒɔɪ fəl/
full of joy, as a person or one's heart; glad; delighted.
showing or expressing joy, as looks, actions, or speech.
causing or bringing joy, as an event, a sight, or news; delightful:
the joyful announcement of their marriage.
Origin of joyful
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
1. joyous, happy, blithe; buoyant, elated, jubilant. See gay.
1. melancholy. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for joyfulness
Historical Examples
  • Gladness of heart is the life of man, and the joyfulness of a man prolongeth his days.

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • It was not long, however, before this joyfulness was turned to mourning.

    The Cornwall Coast Arthur L. Salmon
  • His joyfulness was dimmed only by the thought that at night he must go to Ostrianum.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • Our joyfulness rose to the zenith and then descended gradually.

    Hania Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • The joyfulness of the Vagabond is no mere light-hearted, graceful spirit.

  • But coming they shall come with joyfulness, carrying their sheaves.

  • If it hadn't been for the tight vest I had on, I reckon my heart would have bust my ribs for joyfulness.

    Plain Mary Smith Henry Wallace Phillips
  • Her young heart seemed overflowing with joyfulness at her unexpected success.

  • We have now to consider the way in which the presence or absence of joyfulness, in these several classes, is expressed in art.

  • We do not love Switzerland merely because we associate its thought with recollections of holidays and joyfulness.

British Dictionary definitions for joyfulness


full of joy; elated
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 joyfulness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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