Here we have a novel, and a novelist, delighting in the joy of language itself.
He had been delighting in zooming about just moments before.
She began riding to school and through the streets of her hometown, delighting in the freedom she felt.
c.1200, delit, from Old French delit "pleasure, delight, sexual desire," from delitier "please greatly, charm," from Latin delectare "to allure, delight, charm, please," frequentative of delicere "entice" (see delicious). Spelled delite until 16c. when it changed under influence of light, flight, etc.
c.1200, deliten, from Old French delitier (see delight (n.)). Related: Delighted; delighting.