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[joi-fuh l] /ˈdʒɔɪ fəl/
full of joy, as a person or one's heart; glad; delighted.
showing or expressing joy, as looks, actions, or speech.
causing or bringing joy, as an event, a sight, or news; delightful:
the joyful announcement of their marriage.
Origin of joyful
1250-1300; Middle English; see joy, -ful
Related forms
joyfully, adverb
joyfulness, noun
overjoyful, adjective
overjoyfully, adverb
overjoyfulness, noun
unjoyful, adjective
unjoyfully, adverb
1. joyous, happy, blithe; buoyant, elated, jubilant. See gay.
1. melancholy. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for joyful
  • But the others aren't really joyful things to have happen.
  • But the joyful noise was nothing to do with politics.
  • The picture of benign, even joyful and ever-increasing involvement of technology in human life is appealing.
  • He was the first opera star to be imitated, drunkenly, by legions of joyful or heartbroken football fans.
  • We believe that catching a squid automatically triggers joyful exuberance.
  • We were all beneficiaries of your joyful life and will remember you forever.
  • His joyful personality and sincere interest in all of those who worked with him will be greatly missed.
  • He was planning the speedy resumption of these joyful activities.
  • His dazzling blue eyes, joyful smile and generous heart will warm and lift our spirits forever.
  • Hap will be remembered for his joyful spirit and generosity and missed by all.
British Dictionary definitions for joyful


full of joy; elated
expressing or producing joy: a joyful look, a joyful occasion
Derived Forms
joyfully, adverb
joyfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for joyful

mid-13c., from joy + -ful. Related: Joyfully; joyfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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