hopeful etymology

English word hopeful comes from English hope, English -ful

Detailed word origin of hopeful

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
hope English (eng) (Christianity) The virtuous desire for future good.. (countable) A person or thing that is a source of hope.. (countable) The actual thing wished for.. (uncountable) The belief or expectation that something wished for can or will happen. (Scotland) A small bay; an inlet; a haven.. A sloping plain between mountain ridges. (intransitive) To place confidence; to trust with confident expectation [...]
-ful English (eng) Used to form adjectives from nouns. Full of, tending to, or thoroughly possessing the quality expressed by the noun.. Used to form nouns from nouns meaning “as much as can be held by what is denoted by the noun”. Used to form nouns indicating a great deal of the quantity expressed by the noun.
hopeful English (eng) Somebody who is hoping for success or victory. Feeling hope.. Inspiring hope.

Words with the same origin as hopeful

Descendants of hope
Descendants of -ful
colorful delightful disgraceful doubtful graceful grateful hateful helpful hurtful joyful meaningful merciful painful peaceful resourceful respectful rightful stressful successful suspenseful thankful truthful useful youthful