full of joy, as a person or one's heart; glad; delighted.
showing or expressing joy, as looks, actions, or speech.
causing or bringing joy, as an event, a sight, or news; delightful: the joyful announcement of their marriage.

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

Synonyms for joyful

Antonyms for joyful Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for joyfully

Contemporary Examples of joyfully

Historical Examples of joyfully

  • I joyfully and thankfully accepted them, especially as I was in want of them at that time.

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

  • How joyfully would I keep my word, if they would accept of the offer I renew!

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • As it was, he not only bore it all joyfully but found in it solace and support. '

    Father Sergius

    Leo Tolstoy

  • He kissed her joyfully and brushed away the snow that fell on her hair.

    Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ

    Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes

  • Fay, too, had once been joyfully proud and confident—and now!

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

British Dictionary definitions for joyfully



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



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

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