From Middle English thoȝtful, thohtful, equivalent to thought + -ful. Compare Dutch gedachtenvol.
thoughtful (comparative more thoughtful, superlative most thoughtful)
- Demonstrating thought or careful consideration.
Most thoughtful people eventually solve the puzzle.
1959, Georgette Heyer, chapter 1, in The Unknown Ajax:
But Richmond, his grandfather's darling, after one thoughtful glance cast under his lashes at that uncompromising countenance appeared to lose himself in his own reflections.
- Synonyms: thoughty, carefully, detail oriented
- Demonstrating kindness or consideration for others.
Preparing dinner is a thoughtful gesture for a new mother.
- Synonyms: thoughty, considerate, attentive, caring
demonstrating thought or careful consideration
demonstrating kindness or consideration