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From Middle English deliteful, delitfull, equivalent to delight +‎ -ful.


  • IPA(key): /dəˈlaɪt.fəl/
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  • Hyphenation: de‧light‧ful


delightful (comparative more delightful, superlative most delightful)

  1. Pleasant; pleasing, bringing enjoyment, satisfaction, or pleasure.
    • 1977, Agatha Christie, chapter 4, in An Autobiography, part I, London: Collins, →ISBN:
      An indulgent playmate, Grannie would lay aside the long scratchy-looking letter she was writing (heavily crossed 'to save notepaper') and enter into the delightful pastime of 'a chicken from Mr Whiteley's'.
    • 2013 December 11, Megan Garber, quoting Marissa Mayer, “Is ‘Delightful’ the New ‘Cool’?”, in The Atlantic[1]:
      That is what I plan to do at Yahoo: give the end user something valuable and delightful that makes them want to come to Yahoo every day.

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