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

  • adj. Providing a gain; profitable: gainful employment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Contrary.
  • adj. Disposed to taking advantage of.
  • adj. Troublesome; fractious; hard to handle.
  • adj. Providing gain; profitable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Profitable; advantageous; lucrative.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Producing profit or advantage; advancing interest or happiness; profitable; advantageous; lucrative.
  • Contrary; disposed to get the advantage; fractious.

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

  • adj. yielding a fair profit


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From gain (“against, contrary”) +‎ -ful.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From gain (“profit, foredeal”) +‎ -ful.


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