joyful

Someone who's joyful is very happy. A joyful child will laugh with delight.

When you experience the feeling of joy, you're joyful. For many people, their wedding day, the birth of their children, or simply a beautiful summer afternoon can all be joyful occasions. To be joyful is beyond being happy — there is delight and a kind of bliss involved in feeling joyful. The noun joy is at the root of joyful, from the Old French joie with its Latin root of gaudere, "rejoice."

Definitions of joyful
  1. adjective
    full of or producing joy
    “make a joyful noise”
    “a joyful occasion”
    Synonyms:
    happy
    enjoying or showing or marked by joy or pleasure
    beatific
    experiencing or bestowing celestial joy
    overjoyed
    extremely joyful
    joyous
    full of or characterized by joy
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    Antonyms:
    sorrowful
    experiencing or marked by or expressing sorrow especially that associated with irreparable loss
    unhappy
    experiencing or marked by or causing sadness or sorrow or discontent
    anguished, tormented, tortured
    experiencing intense pain especially mental pain
    bereaved, bereft, grief-stricken, grieving, mourning, sorrowing
    sorrowful through loss or deprivation
    bitter
    expressive of severe grief or regret
    brokenhearted, heartbroken, heartsick
    full of sorrow
    dolorous, dolourous, lachrymose, tearful, weeping
    showing sorrow
    elegiac
    expressing sorrow often for something past
    grievous, heartbreaking, heartrending
    causing or marked by grief or anguish
    lamenting, wailful, wailing
    vocally expressing grief or sorrow or resembling such expression
    lugubrious
    excessively mournful
    mournful, plaintive
    expressing sorrow
    sad
    of things that make you feel sad
    woebegone, woeful
    affected by or full of grief or woe
    joyless
    not experiencing or inspiring joy
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  2. adjective
    full of high-spirited delight
    “a joyful heart”
    synonyms: elated, gleeful, jubilant
    joyous
    full of or characterized by joy
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