From Middle English bewteful, beautefull (“attractive to the eye, beautiful”), equivalent to beauty + -ful. Displaced earlier sheen (from Middle English schene (“beautiful”), from Old English scīene (“beautiful”)), Middle English wliti (“beautiful”), from Old English wlitiġ (“beautiful”).
- enPR: byo͞oʹtĭ-fəl, IPA(key): [ˈbjuːtɪfəɫ]
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- Hyphenation: beau‧ti‧ful
- Attractive and possessing charm.
Anyone who has ever met her thought she was absolutely beautiful.
There's a beautiful lake by the town.
- (of the weather) Pleasant; clear.
It's beautiful outside, let's go for a walk.
- Well executed.
The skater performed a beautiful axel.
- (possessing charm and attractive): beauteous, attractive, cute, fair, good-looking, gorgeous, sheen, handsome, hot (slang), lovely, nice-looking, pretty, shapely, fit (slang)
- (of the weather): clear, fine, nice, pleasant, sunny
- (well executed): excellent, exceptional, good, great, marvellous/marvelous, perfect, stylish, wonderful
- (ironic: how unfortunate): great, marvellous/marvelous, nice, very nice, wonderful (any of these can be prefixed with an intensifier such as bloody, damned or just)
- See also Wikisaurus:beautiful
- (possessing charm and attractive): grotesque, hideous, homely, plain, misshapen, repulsive, ugly; unbeautiful
- (of the weather): bad, cloudy, dull, miserable, overcast, rainy, wet
- (well executed): average, bad, mediocre, poor, shoddy, substandard, terrible, weak