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

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at joy, -ful
Related formsjoy·ful·ly, adverbjoy·ful·ness, nouno·ver·joy·ful, adjectiveo·ver·joy·ful·ly, adverbo·ver·joy·ful·ness, nounun·joy·ful, adjectiveun·joy·ful·ly, adverb

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Related Words for joyful

elated, enjoyable, ecstatic, festive, heartening, joyous, pleasurable, cheerful, rapturous, merry, upbeat, cheery, lighthearted, jubilant, delighted, effervescent, expansive, flying, gay, glad

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Contemporary Examples of joyful

Historical Examples of joyful

  • Did she tell you she had the joyful sanction of the registrar?

  • "I might have known you'd be the first," cried Grace with joyful affection.

  • The meeting between the two friends was as joyful as their parting had been sorrowful.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • This is the most joyful hour he has ever given us since the day of his birth.

    Lady Susan

    Jane Austen

  • This was joyful news, indeed, for I had begun to think we should be driven to the boats.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

British Dictionary definitions for joyful


  1. full of joy; elated
  2. expressing or producing joya joyful look; a joyful occasion
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Derived Formsjoyfully, adverbjoyfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for joyful


mid-13c., from joy + -ful. Related: Joyfully; joyfulness.

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