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Origin of graceful

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at grace, -ful
Related formsgrace·ful·ly, adverbgrace·ful·ness, nounnon·grace·ful, adjectivenon·grace·ful·ly, adverbnon·grace·ful·ness, noun

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Historical Examples of gracefully

  • His lines were gracefully full, his bearing had still the alertness of youth.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Calendar surrendered an untenable position as gracefully as could be wished.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Great skill was required to accomplish this surely and gracefully.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield

  • There was nothing for the baffled village sport to do but retreat as gracefully as he could.

    Pee-wee Harris

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • How gracefully their Colonel, the young Count of Eberstein, bounds on his barb!

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

British Dictionary definitions for gracefully


  1. characterized by beauty of movement, style, form, etc
Derived Formsgracefully, adverbgracefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for gracefully



mid-15c., "full of grace," also "pleasant, sweet," from grace (n.) + -ful. Meaning "with pleasing or attractive qualities" is from 1580s. Related: Gracefully; gracefulness.

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