Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being joyful; gladness; lively happiness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun the emotion of great happiness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the state of being joyful

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

  • noun the emotion of great happiness

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

joyful +‎ -ness

Examples

  • Not only is it of Keira Knightley, the film’s greatest virtue, but it just beams joyfulness, which is something “Pride & Prejudice” radiates through and through.

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  • Then they both laughed for the sheer foolishness of that "joyfulness," which was so often on Elizabeth's lips.

    The Iron Woman

  • I wonder if I shall ever have a real, great joyfulness, that isn't a make believe! "

    Faith Gartney's Girlhood

  • It fairly embodies the sense of balance and joyfulness we often associate with the 18th century.

    Howard Kissel: Ravel et al. at the Philharmonic

  • It fairly embodies the sense of balance and joyfulness we often associate with the 18th century.

    Howard Kissel: Ravel et al. at the Philharmonic

  • With exceptional skill, in this and many other numbers, Calloway managed to play both sides of the street: Using the jive talk popular among African Americans, especially those in the big cities, he was able to communicate on a hip, insider level while delighting non-initiates (most of whom probably were white) with the joyfulness and apparent nonsense of his lyrics as well as giving them the pleasure of participating in call-and-response scat choruses.

    Review of "Hi-De-Ho," Alyn Shipton's biography of Cab Calloway

  • The garden also offers another type of healing that is not physical, but spiritual, which is perhaps the greatest harvest of all: A hard day spent quietly weeding provides an opportunity to pull out weedy thoughts so productive ones can flourish; a morning spent sitting quietly and watching chipmunks and woodpeckers do their business can teach us about the joyfulness of work.

    Maria Rodale: A Harvest of Healing

  • Yet there's a humbleness and a joyfulness; the vibe is not pretentious.

    Julie Brothers: EcoFarm Conference: Sustainable Agriculture, Food, Love and Butterflies

  • Mr. Terrason's favorite strategy seems to be settling into a reggae-Caribbean rhythmic groove reminiscent of Bud Powell's "Broderick" that imbues everything he plays with an unmistakable joyfulness.

    Freddie, Jacky, Charlie and the Doc

  • "As a girl, I was inspired by her joyfulness, and as a musician I'm inspired by her technical skills and the way she made something sound effortless."

    Music's Best Remember Whitney Houston

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