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Adjective-Forming Suffixes

Adjectives in -ful


This list is one of a collection of adjective-forming suffixes. This first list contains adjectives with the suffix '-ful' which will soon be followed by
  • adjectives with the suffix '-less' e.g. careless, helpless ...
  • adjectives with the suffix '-ous' e.g. generous, marvelous ...
  • adjectives with the suffix '-some' e.g. tiresome, handsome ...

  • Adjectives that start with the letter ...
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    A

    - Artful: crafty - devious - sly
    - Awful: unpleasant - appalling - bad

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    B

    - Baneful: evil or causing evil
    - Bashful: shy - timid - blushing
    - Beautiful: good-looking - attractive - pretty - cute
    - Bellyful: (noun) to have had more than enough.
    - Boastful: arrogant - immodest - vain
    - Bountiful: abundant - plentiful - numerous
    - Bowlful (noun): A bowl full of something: e.g. 'A bowlful of fruit'
    - Boxful: (noun): A box full of something: e.g. 'A boxful of chalk'
    - Bucketful (noun): Anything the bucket can contain: e.g.: 'a bucketful of water'

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    C

    - Careful: cautious - vigilant - wary
    - Cheerful: happy - jolly - merry - smiling
    - Colorful: multicolored - bright - vivid
    - Cupful: (noun): A cup full of something: e.g. 'A cupful of sugar'

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    D

    - Deceitful: dishonest - lying - cunning
    - Delightful: pleasant - charming - enjoyable
    - Disdainful: scornful - sneering - derisive
    - Disgraceful: shameful - disgraceful - shocking
    - Disrespectful: impolite - insolent - bad-mannered
    - Distasteful: repugnant - offensive - obnoxious
    - Distrustful: suspicious - doubting - skeptical
    - Doleful: unhappy - sad - miserable
    - Doubtful: unsure - uncertain - disbelieving
    - Dreadful: terrible - horrible - frightening
    - Dutiful: obedient - loyal - respectful

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    E

    - Eventful: exciting - busy - lively

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    F

    - Faithful: true - realistic - exact - loyal
    - Fanciful: imaginary - whimsical - fantastic
    - Fearful: afraid - frightened - scared
    - Fistful (noun): The amount that can be held within a fist: e.g. 'A fistful of grains'.
    - Flavorful: tasty - savory - sweet
    - Forgetful: (inclined to forget) absentminded - scatterbrained - dreamy
    - Fretful: worried - agitated - nervous
    - Frightful: fearsome - horrible - terrifying
    - Fruitful: fertile - productive - rich

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    G

    - Gainful: profitable - paid - productive
    - Graceful: stylish - refined - elegant - charming - attractive - lovely
    - Grateful: appreciative - obliged - indebted

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    H

    - Handful (noun): As much or as many as the hand will grasp: e.g.: 'A handful of dollars'.
    - Harmful: risky - destructive - damaging - dangerous - unsafe
    - Hateful: detestable - vile - odious
    - Healthful: healthy - wholesome - nourishing
    - Heedful: mindful - vigilant - watchful
    - Helpful: caring - supportive - cooperative
    - Hopeful: confident - optimistic - promising
    - Hurtful: cruel - upsetting - unkind

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    I

    [No adjectives found]

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    J

    - Joyful: enjoyable - fantastic - carefree

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    K

    [No adjectives found]

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    L

    - Lawful: legal - legitimate - legalized

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    M

    - Meaningful: important - significant
    - Mindful: watchful - wary - attentive
    - Mistrustful: suspicious - distrustful - wary
    - Mournful: desolate - sorrowful - sad
    - Mouthful (noun): a mouth full of something

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    N

    - Neglectful: negligent - lax - casual

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    O

    [No adjctives found]

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    P

    - Painful: aching - sore - hurting
    - Peaceful: nonviolent - calm - quiet
    - Playful: good-humored - lighthearted - good-natured
    - Plentiful: abundant - copious - ample
    - Powerful: influential - dominant
    - Purposeful: determined - resolute - focused

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    Q

    [No adjectives found]

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    R

    - Regretful: sorry - repentant - ashamed
    - Remorseful: sorry - repentant - apologetic
    - Resentful: angry - offended - bitter
    - Resourceful: ingenious - imaginative - inventive
    - Respectful: reverent - polite - courteous
    - Revengeful: unforgiving - vindictive - resentful
    - Rueful: repentant - sorry - regretful

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    S

    - Scornful: mocking - sarcastic - contemptuous
    - Shameful: disgraceful - reprehensible - discreditable
    - Sinful: evil - wicked - aberrant - sinning
    - Skillful: skilled - adroit - expert
    - Sorrowful: distressed - unhappy - grief-stricken
    - Spiteful: malicious - nasty - horrid
    - Successful: winning - victorious - doing well

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    T

    - Tactful: diplomatic - sensitive - polite - discreet
    - Tasteful: attractive - refined - delicious
    - Thankful: pleased - gratified - appreciative
    - Thoughtful: kind - considerate - unselfish
    - Truthful: honest - straight - ingenious
    - Tuneful: melodic - musical - harmonious

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    U

    - Unfaithful: disloyal - false - untrue
    - Unfruitful: unprofitable - sterile - infertile
    - Unhelpful: uncooperative - not caring
    - Unlawful: illegal - illicit - criminal
    - Unmindful: unaware - careless - forgetful
    - Unsuccessful: failed - ineffective - abortive
    - Useful: beneficial - practical - handy

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    V

    - Vengeful: unforgiving - revengeful - merciless

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    W

    - Wakeful: sleepless - disturbed - insomniac
    - Watchful: alert - vigilant - observant
    - Wasteful: extravagant - uneconomical - lavish - exaggerated
    - Willful: obstinate - stubborn - determined
    - Wishful (thinking): (noun) something you wish will happen
    - Wistful: pensive - melancholy - sad
    - Woeful: unhappy - sad - sorrowful
    - Wonderful: magnificent - superb - astonishing
    - Wrongful: unfair - unjust - unlawful

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    X

    [No adjectives found]

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    Y

    - Youthful: young - childish - childlike

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    Z

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