joyful etymology

English word joyful comes from English joy, English -ful

Detailed word origin of joyful

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
joy English (eng) (obsolete) The sign or exhibition of joy; gaiety; merriment; festivity.. A feeling of extreme happiness or cheerfulness, especially related to the acquisition or expectation of something good.. Anything that causes such a feeling.. Luck or success; a positive outcome. (intransitive) To feel joy, to rejoice.. (transitive, archaic) To enjoy.. (transitive, obsolete) To give joy to; to [...]
-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.
joyful English (eng) Feeling or causing joy.

Words with the same origin as joyful

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