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.

Nearby words

  1. joyance,
  2. joyce,
  3. joyce, james,
  4. joyce, william,
  5. joycean,
  6. joyfully,
  7. joyless,
  8. joylessly,
  9. joyner,
  10. joyner-kersee

Origin of joyful

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at joy, -ful

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British Dictionary definitions for joyfulness



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 joyfulness



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

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