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[sohl-fuh l] /ˈsoʊl fəl/
of or expressive of deep feeling or emotion:
soulful eyes.
Origin of soulful
1860-65; soul + -ful
Related forms
soulfully, adverb
soulfulness, noun
unsoulful, adjective
unsoulfully, adverb
unsoulfulness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for soulful
  • Between bad vibes and the threat of injury, the soulful aspect of surfing disappears.
  • Warm, colorful restaurant serves soulful food from around the world.
  • After your stay, you'll leave with the kind of insight only soulful places can provide.
  • Far from being the grave and soulful songbird which his gleeful enemies used to lampoon.
  • The cemetery itself is a quiet, soulful place-it's really got atmosphere.
  • He said that is was so soulful that he wanted to give the music an opportunity to stand on its own merit.
  • He has soulful eyes, a winning personality and a body that people want to hug.
  • Songs range from foot stomping jigs to soulful ballads.
  • It turned its head and stared down at me with soulful chocolate eyes.
  • And the songs that were sung varied from high energy to soulful, exciting to sad.
British Dictionary definitions for soulful


(sometimes ironic) expressing profound thoughts or feelings: soulful music
Derived Forms
soulfully, adverb
soulfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for soulful

"full of feeling," 1860, from soul (n.1) + -ful. Meaning "expressive of characteristic Black feeling" is from 1964 (see soul (n.2)). Earlier as a noun (1640s), "as much as a soul can hold."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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