giving great pleasure or delight; highly pleasing: a delightful surprise.

Origin of delightful

First recorded in 1520–30; delight + -ful
Related formsde·light·ful·ly, adverbde·light·ful·ness, nounun·de·light·ful, adjectiveun·de·light·ful·ly, adverb

Synonyms for delightful

Antonyms for delightful Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for delightfully

Contemporary Examples of delightfully

Historical Examples of delightfully

  • Certainly they have an appearance of so doing which is delightfully deceptive.

    American Notes

    Rudyard Kipling

  • Some are delightfully ingenuous, with the lovable simplicity of the child.

    Mountain Meditations

    L. Lind-af-Hageby

  • They followed each other intimately and delightfully in a long succession.

    The Very Small Person

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

  • They were, and the inscriptions were delightfully informal and friendly.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • It was a delightfully amusing trait in the German character.

    The Island Mystery

    George A. Birmingham

British Dictionary definitions for delightfully



giving great delight; very pleasing, beautiful, charming, etc
Derived Formsdelightfully, adverbdelightfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for delightfully



c.1400, from delight (n.) + -ful. Related: Delightfully.

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