feeling or expressing gratitude; appreciative.

Origin of thankful

before 900; Middle English; Old English thancful. See thank, -ful
Related formsthank·ful·ly, adverbthank·ful·ness, nounsu·per·thank·ful, adjectivesu·per·thank·ful·ly, adverbsu·per·thank·ful·ness, noun

Synonyms for thankful

beholden, obliged. See grateful. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for thankfully

Contemporary Examples of thankfully

Historical Examples of thankfully

  • The offer was thankfully accepted, and the generous merchant was as good as his word.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • I joyfully and thankfully accepted them, especially as I was in want of them at that time.

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

  • Thankfully she sat down on the foot-board of Fay's little pram.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • He thankfully reclosed his eyes and continued to nurse himself.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Of this tender the friends had thankfully availed themselves.

British Dictionary definitions for thankfully



showing gratitude or appreciation
informal fortunatelythankfully she was not injured


The use of thankfully to mean fortunately was formerly considered incorrect by many people, but has now become acceptable in informal contexts



grateful and appreciative
Derived Formsthankfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for thankfully



Old English þancfulle; see thank + -ful. Related: Thankfully; thankfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper