[ joi-fuhl ]
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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.

  1. causing or bringing joy, as an event, a sight, or news; delightful: the joyful announcement of their marriage.

Origin of joyful

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

Other words for joyful

Opposites for joyful

Other words from joyful

  • 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use joyful in a sentence

  • We have now to consider the way in which the presence or absence of joyfulness, in these several classes, is expressed in art.

  • That there should exist such an emotion as joyfulness among them is a fact which greatly astonishes Ned Gancy and young Chester.

    The Land of Fire | Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for joyful


/ (ˈdʒɔɪfʊl) /

  1. full of joy; elated

  2. expressing or producing joy: a joyful look; a joyful occasion

Derived forms of joyful

  • joyfully, adverb
  • joyfulness, noun

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