successful etymology

English word successful comes from English -ful, English success

Detailed word origin of successful

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-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.
success English (eng) (business) financial profitability.. (obsolete) Something which happens as a consequence; the outcome or result. [16th-18th c.]. One who, or that which, achieves assumed goals.. The achievement of one's aim or goal. [from 16th c.]. The fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame.
successful English (eng) Resulting in success; assuring, or promoting, success; accomplishing what was proposed; having the desired effect.

Words with the same origin as successful

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