View synonyms for delightful


[ dih-lahyt-fuhl ]


  1. giving great pleasure or delight; highly pleasing:

    a delightful surprise.

    Synonyms: delectable, enchanting, charming, enjoyable, pleasurable, pleasant, agreeable

    Antonyms: disagreeable


/ dɪˈlaɪtfʊl /


  1. giving great delight; very pleasing, beautiful, charming, etc

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Derived Forms

  • deˈlightfully, adverb
  • deˈlightfulness, noun

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Other Words From

  • de·lightful·ly adverb
  • de·lightful·ness noun
  • unde·lightful adjective
  • unde·lightful·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of delightful1

First recorded in 1520–30; delight + -ful

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Example Sentences

Mitchell has been able to freely make his way into the lane, where he has shown off a delightful array of interior finishes.

Virtual bar mitzvah celebrations, surprisingly delightful Zoomtails with distant friends, and rapid adoption by schools catapulted Zoom into the zeitgeist.

From Fortune

The dynamic duo, their formerly-medieval-princess wives, their daughters who are carbon copies of themselves, the humans of the future, the humans of the past — everyone is delightful.

From Vox

Finally, for fans of period drama, the movie of “Downton Abbey” is a delightful diversion.

Thirteen craft cocktails are served – each unique and delightful in its own way.

It's cheesy and ludicrous and, therefore, delightful; it's the reading equivalent of hate-watching.

Much of the fun of The Churchill Factor comes from the delightful and evervescent way Johnson tells the tale.

It was a delightful, counterintuitive concept, perfectly suited to the philosophy, attitude, and technology of the Internet.

The Duchess — more of a mainstream centrist and a bit of a belle-lettrist herself — was totally delightful.

And RT is a delightful way (as geo-politics and professional wrestling are not) to bond with your teenage daughter.

The grass had a delightful fragrance, like new-mown hay, and was neatly wound around the tunnel, like the inside of a bird's-nest.

Fern cases were very much in vogue some years ago, and this is really a very delightful way of cultivating the plants.

A delightful instance of this fell under my own observation, as I was walking on Hampstead Heath.

Am I not in France—gay, delightful France—partaking of the kindness and civility of the country?

She was his best friend and a delightful person to have for a mother; her soul might be her own possession undisturbed.