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[thangk-fuh l] /ˈθæŋk fəl/
feeling or expressing gratitude; appreciative.
Origin of thankful
before 900; Middle English; Old English thancful. See thank, -ful
Related forms
thankfully, adverb
thankfulness, noun
superthankful, adjective
superthankfully, adverb
superthankfulness, noun
beholden, obliged. See grateful. Unabridged
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  • He had hoped to meet the supreme moment in full consciousness, with clear vision and thankfulness of heart.

  • Meantime, Josephine leaned back in her seat with a sigh of thankfulness.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • It is a depressing thought, and causes a profound feeling of thankfulness that Providence placed us in a fairer land.

    Travels in the Far East Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
  • He would find no thankfulness, no mercy, not even justice in the lawyer.

    Cousin Henry Anthony Trollope
  • I shall rather put you in mind of that thankfulness which is due, than puff you up with anything that might seem vain.

    The Commonwealth of Oceana James Harrington
  • The girl's heart was very full of joy and thankfulness as she rowed along.

    Hildegarde's Holiday Laura E. Richards
  • For a season there were caresses and even tears, of mutual love and thankfulness.

    Idle Hour Stories Eugenia Dunlap Potts
  • Take it from Him, dear, with thankfulness to the human instruments whom He has used.

    One Snowy Night Emily Sarah Holt
  • The offering of the firstborn is only the expression of thankfulness to the Deity for fruitful flocks and herds.

British Dictionary definitions for thankfulness


grateful and appreciative
Derived Forms
thankfulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for thankfulness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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