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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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Historical Examples of joyfulness

  • Gladness of heart is the life of man, and the joyfulness of a man prolongeth his days.

    Familiar Quotations

    John Bartlett

  • It was not long, however, before this joyfulness was turned to mourning.

    The Cornwall Coast

    Arthur L. Salmon

  • His joyfulness was dimmed only by the thought that at night he must go to Ostrianum.

    Quo Vadis

    Henryk Sienkiewicz

  • Our joyfulness rose to the zenith and then descended gradually.


    Henryk Sienkiewicz

  • The joyfulness of the Vagabond is no mere light-hearted, graceful spirit.

British Dictionary definitions for joyfulness


  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 joyfulness



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

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