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[ joi-fuhl ]


  1. full of joy, as a person or one's heart; glad; delighted.

    Synonyms: jubilant, elated, buoyant, blithe, happy, joyous

    Antonyms: melancholy

  2. showing or expressing joy, as looks, actions, or speech.
  3. causing or bringing joy, as an event, a sight, or news; delightful:

    the joyful announcement of their marriage.


/ ˈdʒɔɪfʊl /


  1. full of joy; elated
  2. expressing or producing joy

    a joyful look

    a joyful occasion

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Derived Forms

  • ˈjoyfully, adverb
  • ˈjoyfulness, noun

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Other Words From

  • joyful·ly adverb
  • joyful·ness noun
  • over·joyful adjective
  • over·joyful·ly adverb
  • over·joyful·ness noun
  • un·joyful adjective
  • un·joyful·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of joyful1

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English; joy + -ful

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Example Sentences

Returning a piece of someone to them is a very joyful feeling.

With the help of coronavirus vaccines, this fall was supposed to be the joyful return to campus traditions after so many months of isolation, restrictions and stuttering Zoom connections.

Image submitted by Jenn who notes that the joyful human member of this family pack is her daughter Ava.

From Time

It’s one that makes people throw away their self-consciousness and sing whether they can or can’t because it’s so soaring and joyful.

From Vox

When our peers become joyful, angry or anxious, our emotional state changes in response.

On the night of January 9th, 2011, Juba was the most joyful place on earth.

Rather ironically, the models seemed much more at ease—in fact, joyful—than any of the passersby.

It transforms the protest into a joyful celebratory atmosphere that is hard to control.

On the other side, you said there are some that seem really joyful.

Comrades, some of the associations of this day are not only triumphant, but joyful.

Be ye never joyful save when you have looked upon your brother in charity.

Their gestures and manner of argument did not bear out the joyful tidings brought to the conclave by the Shahzada.

Overflowing with blissful excitement, I rushed into the house to tell mother the joyful news.

If it is your pleasant task to communicate a joyful event, make your letter cheerful and gay.

Those who shall take bold on the Covenant of God will be joyful in his house of prayer.


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