Origin of delightful

First recorded in 1520–30; delight + -ful
Related formsde·light·ful·ly, adverbde·light·ful·ness, nounun·de·light·ful, adjectiveun·de·light·ful·ly, adverb

Synonyms for delightful

Antonyms for delightful Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for undelightful


  1. giving great delight; very pleasing, beautiful, charming, etc
Derived Formsdelightfully, adverbdelightfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for undelightful



c.1400, from delight (n.) + -ful. Related: Delightfully.

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