gainful

[ geyn-fuh l ]
/ ˈgeɪn fəl /

adjective

profitable; lucrative: gainful employment.

Nearby words

  1. gain ground,
  2. gainer,
  3. gaines,
  4. gaines, edmund pendleton,
  5. gainesville,
  6. gainfully,
  7. gaingiving,
  8. gainings,
  9. gainless,
  10. gainly

Origin of gainful

First recorded in 1545–55; gain1 + -ful

Related formsgain·ful·ly, adverbgain·ful·ness, nounun·gain·ful, adjectiveun·gain·ful·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for gainful

gainful

/ (ˈɡeɪnfʊl) /

adjective

profitable; lucrativegainful employment
Derived Formsgainfully, adverbgainfulness, noun

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Word Origin and History for gainful

gainful

adj.

1540s (implied in gainfully), from gain + -ful. Phrase gainfully employed attested from 1796.

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