[ hohp-fuhl ]
/ ˈhoʊp fəl /


full of hope; expressing hope: His hopeful words stimulated optimism.
exciting hope; promising advantage or success: a hopeful prospect.


a person who shows promise or aspires to success: the Democratic presidential hopeful.

Nearby words

  1. hope chest,
  2. hope diamond,
  3. hope springs eternal,
  4. hope, anthony,
  5. hope, bob,
  6. hopeful monster,
  7. hopefully,
  8. hopeh,
  9. hopei,
  10. hopeless

Origin of hopeful

First recorded in 1560–70; hope + -ful

Related formshope·ful·ness, nounun·hope·ful, adjectiveun·hope·ful·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for hopefulness


/ (ˈhəʊpfʊl) /


having or expressing hope
giving or inspiring hope; promising


a person considered to be on the brink of success (esp in the phrase a young hopeful)
Derived Formshopefulness, noun

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Word Origin and History for hopefulness



c.1200, from hope + -ful. As a noun, "one on whom hopes are set," from 1720. Related: Hopefulness.

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