follow Dictionary.com

How do you spell Hannukah?

baleful

[beyl-fuh l] /ˈbeɪl fəl/
adjective
1.
full of menacing or malign influences; pernicious.
2.
Obsolete. wretched; miserable.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English bealofull. See bale2, -ful
Related forms
balefully, adverb
balefulness, noun
Can be confused
baleful, baneful.
Synonyms
1. harmful, malign, injurious, detrimental; evil, wicked; deadly.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for bale fully

baleful

/ˈbeɪlfʊl/
adjective
1.
harmful, menacing, or vindictive
2.
(archaic) dejected
Derived Forms
balefully, adverb
balefulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for bale fully

baleful

adj.

Old English bealu-full "dire, wicked, cruel," from bealu "harm, injury, ruin, evil, mischief, wickedness, a noxious thing," from Proto-Germanic *balwom (cf. Old Saxon balu, Old Frisian balu "evil," Old High German balo "destruction," Old Norse bol, Gothic balwjan "to torment"), from PIE root *bheleu- "to beat." During Anglo-Saxon times, the noun was in poetic use only (e.g. bealubenn "mortal wound," bealuðonc "evil thought"), and for long baleful was extinct, but it was revived by modern romantic poets. Related: Balefully.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for baleful

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for bale

6
8
Scrabble Words With Friends