soulful

[ sohl-fuh l ]
/ ˈsoʊl fəl /

adjective

of or expressive of deep feeling or emotion: soulful eyes.

Origin of soulful

First recorded in 1860–65; soul + -ful
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British Dictionary definitions for soulful

soulful

/ (ˈsəʊlfʊl) /

adjective

sometimes ironic expressing profound thoughts or feelingssoulful music
Derived Formssoulfully, adverbsoulfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for soulful

soulful


adj.

"full of feeling," 1860, from soul (n.1) + -ful. Meaning "expressive of characteristic Black feeling" is from 1964 (see soul (n.2)). Earlier as a noun (1640s), "as much as a soul can hold."

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