meaningful

[ mee-ning-fuh l ]
/ ˈmi nɪŋ fəl /

adjective

full of meaning, significance, purpose, or value; purposeful; significant: a meaningful wink; a meaningful choice.

Nearby words

  1. meander line,
  2. meandering stream,
  3. meandrous,
  4. meanie,
  5. meaning,
  6. meaningful relationship,
  7. meaningfully,
  8. meaningless,
  9. meaningly,
  10. meanly

Origin of meaningful

First recorded in 1850–55; meaning + -ful

Related formsmean·ing·ful·ly, adverbmean·ing·ful·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for meaningful

meaningful

/ (ˈmiːnɪŋfʊl) /

adjective

having great meaning or validity
eloquent, expressivea meaningful silence
Derived Formsmeaningfully, adverbmeaningfulness, noun

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Word Origin and History for meaningful

meaningful

adj.

1827, from meaning (n.) + -ful. Related: Meaningfully.

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