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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 gracefully
  • With both curtains pulled back the kitchen opens gracefully to the dining area.
  • And flashbacks of the sisters' girlhood are seldom gracefully or pointedly worked into the narrative.
  • The burglar is caught, brought to the teacher's door and made to apologize, which he does quite gracefully.
  • To sit gracefully one should not perch stiffly on the edge of a straight chair, nor sprawl at length in an easy one.
  • If and when an internal candidate is no longer under consideration, offer him a chance to withdraw gracefully and confidentially.
  • Bless her little heart, she's not taking to this gracefully.
  • Being a good protégé also means learning to accept criticism gracefully.
  • And there is plenty of advice for individuals on how to age gracefully.
  • Instead they seek to manage its consequences, and a few are inventing ways to shrink gracefully.
  • Geeks sometimes want to shut up other geeks, but don't know how to do it gracefully.
British Dictionary definitions for gracefully


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



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

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