[sohl-fuh l]
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Origin of soulful

First recorded in 1860–65; soul + -ful
Related formssoul·ful·ly, adverbsoul·ful·ness, nounun·soul·ful, adjectiveun·soul·ful·ly, adverbun·soul·ful·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of soulful

  • If I had my way I'd be as pretty as a cinema star and twice as soulful.

    Mixed Faces

    Roy Norton

  • They introduced him into all the most soulful circles of artistic society.

  • He would sit and gaze at281 me in the most soulful, appreciative way.


    Sewell Ford

  • What was he doing, sitting there gleaming, carried away, soulful?

    The Rainbow

    D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

  • How enormous her dark eyes were, Daoud thought, how soulful.

British Dictionary definitions for soulful


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

"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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper