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[thangk-fuh l] /ˈθæŋk fəl/
feeling or expressing gratitude; appreciative.
Origin of thankful
before 900; Middle English; Old English thancful. See thank, -ful
Related forms
thankfully, adverb
thankfulness, noun
superthankful, adjective
superthankfully, adverb
superthankfulness, noun
beholden, obliged. See grateful. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for thankful
  • Feast your eyes on raptor photos, and be thankful you aren't a mouse.
  • The car companies should be thankful the government is forcing them to take their medicine.
  • Still, scientists are thankful that they caught the problem before the machine actually powered up.
  • Perhaps you ought to be thankful that you weren't born as a dog, rather than reveling in this self-congratulatory drivel.
  • Furthermore, you should be thankful that this was not a video review.
  • Only time will tell, but your correspondent is thankful that any influence of the sun on climate change would be benign.
  • In the winter you should be thankful that you're here and not somewhere else.
  • Then, look into your heart and be thankful for who you are and your impression of yourself.
  • Be thankful for this, as it means you don't have to constantly make sure you're pointing at the center of the screen.
  • It's worth reading the whole article, which makes me rather thankful to be sitting safely in an office.
British Dictionary definitions for thankful


grateful and appreciative
Derived Forms
thankfulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for thankful

Old English þancfulle; see thank + -ful. Related: Thankfully; thankfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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