Etymology
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joyful (adj.)

mid-13c., from joy + -ful. Related: Joyfully; joyfulness.

updated on September 30, 2011

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Definitions of joyful from WordNet

joyful (adj.)
full of or producing joy;
a joyful occasion
make a joyful noise
joyful (adj.)
full of high-spirited delight;
a joyful heart
Synonyms: elated / gleeful / jubilant
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