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[en-joi-uh-buh l] /ɛnˈdʒɔɪ ə bəl/
giving or capable of giving joy or pleasure:
a very enjoyable film.
Origin of enjoyable
1635-45; enjoy + -able
Related forms
enjoyableness, noun
enjoyably, adverb
preenjoyable, adjective
unenjoyable, adjective
unenjoyableness, noun
unenjoyably, adverb
pleasant, agreeable, delightful, satisfying.
boring, unpleasant; hateful, detestable, loathsome. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • On Gypsy she cantered, she trotted, she galloped, just as naturally and enjoyably as though she had been born on horseback.

    Missy Dana Gatlin
  • The effects of my adventure soon passed away, and the days glided on most enjoyably.

    Brownsmith's Boy George Manville Fenn
  • In the history of Scotland, most of what is worth knowing may be most enjoyably learned from the pages of Sir Walter.

  • The freedom seemed bred, imperceptibly and enjoyably, from the delicate cloud in the air.

    Hilda Sarah Jeanette Duncan
  • Speeches, toasts and a gramophone concert made the evening pass quickly and enjoyably.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • In order to do this enjoyably or successfully, it is necessary to have the piazza or garden somewhat secluded.

    The Etiquette of To-day Edith B. Ordway
  • "I'm afraid you and I are in the same boat," said Graeme enjoyably.

    Pearl of Pearl Island John Oxenham
  • It will be read eagerly and enjoyably by thousands of lovers of the best fiction.

  • When I have time, I lie down, on my stuffed-seaweed bed, and write my thoughts leisurely and enjoyably.

    An Ocean Tramp William McFee
Word Origin and History for enjoyably



1640s, "capable of being enjoyed," from enjoy + -able. Meaning "affording pleasure" is from 1744. Related: Enjoyably; enjoyableness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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