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[sohl-fuh l] /ˈsoʊl fəl/
of or expressive of deep feeling or emotion:
soulful eyes.
Origin of soulful
First recorded in 1860-65; soul + -ful
Related forms
soulfully, adverb
soulfulness, noun
unsoulful, adjective
unsoulfully, adverb
unsoulfulness, noun Unabridged
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  • If I had my way I'd be as pretty as a cinema star and twice as soulful.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • They introduced him into all the most soulful circles of artistic society.

  • He would sit and gaze at281 me in the most soulful, appreciative way.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • What was he doing, sitting there gleaming, carried away, soulful?

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • How enormous her dark eyes were, Daoud thought, how soulful.

British Dictionary definitions for soulful


(sometimes ironic) expressing profound thoughts or feelings: soulful music
Derived Forms
soulfully, adverb
soulfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for soulful

"full of feeling," 1860, from soul (n.1) + -ful. Meaning "expressive of characteristic Black feeling" is from 1964 (see soul (n.2)). Earlier as a noun (1640s), "as much as a soul can hold."

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