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[greys-fuh l] /ˈgreɪs fəl/
characterized by elegance or beauty of form, manner, movement, or speech; elegant:
a graceful dancer; a graceful reply.
Origin of graceful
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English; see grace, -ful
Related forms
gracefully, adverb
gracefulness, noun
nongraceful, adjective
nongracefully, adverb
nongracefulness, noun
limber, lithe, lissome. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for graceful
  • She is lovely and graceful, with a real stage personality.
  • Some see power-generating wind farms as eyesores, others as graceful additions to the landscape.
  • Fascinated by the graceful gliding of these mammals with.
  • It was not a complex wine, but it was graceful and relaxed, seemingly effortless.
  • Secondly, if you do decide to leave, the main thing is a graceful transition.
  • Thick-billed murres are clumsy in the air, but incredibly graceful underwater.
  • Unlike their more graceful cousins, the primitive frogs kept their back legs straight out after they jumped.
  • Swift and graceful they skim in from nearby resorts to city piers.
  • Find a graceful way to answer the question that you feel comfortable with and forget about whether it is legal or not.
  • Winding down the flank of the mountain, there is a graceful fluttering in the woods off to the side of the road.
British Dictionary definitions for graceful


characterized by beauty of movement, style, form, etc
Derived Forms
gracefully, adverb
gracefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for graceful

mid-15c., "full of grace," also "pleasant, sweet," from grace (n.) + -ful. Meaning "with pleasing or attractive qualities" is from 1580s. Related: Gracefully; gracefulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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