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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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  • Perhaps a shot might bear the joyful news to the ears of the general.

    Campmates Kirk Munroe
  • The meeting between the two friends was as joyful as their parting had been sorrowful.

    Life in London Edwin Hodder
  • The humble residence of the old philosopher was almost covered with the abundant blossoms brought by joyful children.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • This is the most joyful hour he has ever given us since the day of his birth.

    Lady Susan Jane Austen
  • That same afternoon he and the joyful Anita presented themselves in Dean Street, with their few belongings.

    The Intriguers William Le Queux
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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