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[kuh n-ten-tid] /kənˈtɛn tɪd/
Origin of contented
1515-25; content2 + -ed2
Related forms
contentedly, adverb
contentedness, noun
half-contented, adjective
half-contentedly, adverb
half-contentedness, noun
overcontented, adjective
overcontentedly, adverb
overcontentedness, noun
quasi-contented, adjective
quasi-contentedly, adverb
gratified, pleased, happy. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for contentedly
  • Golden jellyfish rest relatively contentedly in place at midday when the tropical sun remains high overhead.
  • Most of them appeared to be snoozing contentedly despite the utter lack of privacy or personal space.
  • He dips his nose into a cup containing food and munches contentedly, nose twitching.
  • Children will roll and slide down it contentedly for hours.
  • The dwarf chuckled contentedly, and went on with his accusing history of my career.
  • Grampa gurgled and chomped on his pipe and looked down upon me contentedly.
  • He gazes contentedly down the street, scratching his neat goatee and watching the neighborhood kids shoot hoops in a driveway.
  • Momentarily, they sit contentedly side by side before becoming two ponderous rocks.
  • He smiled contentedly as he wiped the sweat from his brow.
  • We have pictures of him sitting contentedly in his living room marking each article with subject headings.
British Dictionary definitions for contentedly


accepting one's situation or life with equanimity and satisfaction
Derived Forms
contentedly, adverb
contentedness, noun
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