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[dih-lahyt-fuh l] /dɪˈlaɪt fəl/
giving great pleasure or delight; highly pleasing:
a delightful surprise.
Origin of delightful
1520-30; delight + -ful
Related forms
delightfully, adverb
delightfulness, noun
undelightful, adjective
undelightfully, adverb
pleasant, pleasurable, enjoyable; charming, enchanting, delectable, agreeable.
disagreeable. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for delightful
  • And clips of our own charming family members are of course delightful to us and totally boring to everyone else.
  • The actors are super and marvelously authentic, the language excerpts are soaring and delightful.
  • We ended up eating with her and her delightful group of friends.
  • Bistable illusions are those delightful images that can be seen in one of two ways.
  • Each is a masterwork, and there's a delightful interaction between the two.
  • It's delightful to see what each artist has done with their rhyme.
  • The position is a delightful challenge, the pay covers my costs plus an occasional lunch out.
  • And kudos to the editors for sprinkling in such delightful stories.
  • And if only the brother had had his human form it would have been a delightful life.
  • Agreed, thank you for the brilliantly written, informative and delightful piece.
British Dictionary definitions for delightful


giving great delight; very pleasing, beautiful, charming, etc
Derived Forms
delightfully, adverb
delightfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for delightful

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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