Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Feeling, causing, or indicating joy. See Synonyms at glad1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Feeling or causing joy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of joy; having or causing joy; very glad.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Full of joy; very glad; feeling delight; exulting.
  • Manifesting joy or rejoicing; arising from or expressing gladness; exultant.
  • Causing joy or gladness; giving happiness; delightful: as, a joyful sight.
  • Synonyms Festive, blithe, gay, joyous, happy, glad, delighted.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. full of or producing joy
  • adj. full of high-spirited delight

Etymologies

From joy +‎ -ful. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Now what was the Horseherd to me, and what is he now, even if he has been brought to what he called a joyful end by his catarrh “verging upon a perfect asthma.”

    The Silesian Horseherd - Questions of the Hour

  • "After last year's success, in response to the extensive demand and after great effort, we have managed to organize the import of special costumes for Purim," they wrote in what they called a joyful notice for the holiday.

    Vos Iz Neias - (Yiddish:What's News?)

  • I go home after work everyday, sit down and drink a beer in joyful celebration of the real egg all over your [R] faces.

    Hoffman aides downplay 'un-concession'

  • Of course my own personal countdown clock continues to tick away in joyful anticipation as the bacon-wrapped leg of the James tour heads my way.

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  • She was enjoying herself immensely and she laughed with me when I laughed at her in joyful surprise.

    All sorts and conditions in all sorts of condition

  • They sat on the floor like children at a birthday party, each of them wearing an expression of joyful anticipation, as if expecting the most wonderful present.

    a better woman

  • It is, therefore, mindful of the gifts of my predecessors, the blessing of my sisters, in joyful anticipation of writers to come that I accept the honour the

    Toni Morrison - Banquet Speech

  • The man went away down through the orchard, turning to wave his ragged hat in joyful good-by, for now he had sold everything and was off and away to California.

    The Windy Hill

  • The Levites led the van with their musical instruments; and singing the 136th Psalm, the people went on, not as an army marching against an enemy, but returning in joyful triumph after a victory.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • Sumter's wall, and the nation's vow was fulfilled before God, -- well might he have lifted up his hands in joyful submission to exclaim, "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace; for mine eyes have seen thy salvation!"

    The Humble Conqueror: A Discourse Commemorative of the Life and Services of Abraham Lincoln.

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  • you aint joyfull you emo!!!

    January 18, 2011