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delightful

[dih-lahyt-fuh l] /dɪˈlaɪt fəl/
adjective
1.
giving great pleasure or delight; highly pleasing:
a delightful surprise.
Origin of delightful
1520-1530
1520-30; delight + -ful
Related forms
delightfully, adverb
delightfulness, noun
undelightful, adjective
undelightfully, adverb
Synonyms
pleasant, pleasurable, enjoyable; charming, enchanting, delectable, agreeable.
Antonyms
disagreeable.
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Examples from the Web for delightfully
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  • She was delightfully happy getting into the earth and the earth into her, and she looked it.

    Old Crow Alice Brown
  • Certainly they have an appearance of so doing which is delightfully deceptive.

    American Notes Rudyard Kipling
  • Warm mid-days—the other hours of the twenty-four delightfully fresh and mild—cool evenings, and early mornings perfect.

    Complete Prose Works Walt Whitman
  • Some are delightfully ingenuous, with the lovable simplicity of the child.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • It was delightfully wooded scenery through which we passed, and a snug little spot where we lunched.

British Dictionary definitions for delightfully

delightful

/dɪˈlaɪtfʊl/
adjective
1.
giving great delight; very pleasing, beautiful, charming, etc
Derived Forms
delightfully, adverb
delightfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for delightfully

delightful

adj.

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

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