- gratefull (archaic)
From Latin gratus (“pleasing, agreeable”) + -ful, morphologically grate + -ful.
grateful (comparative gratefuller or more grateful, superlative gratefullest or most grateful)
- Appreciative; thankful.
- I'm grateful that you helped me out.
- I'm grateful to you for helping me out.
- 2012 May 5, Phil McNulty, “Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool”, in BBC Sport:
- Carroll thought he had equalised with his header against the bar with eight minutes left. Liverpool claimed the ball had cross the line and Chelsea were grateful for a miraculous intervention from Cech to turn his effort on to the woodwork.
- (obsolete) Pleasing, welcome.
- c. 1590–1592 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Taming of the Shrew”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act II, scene i]:
- Neighbour, this is a gift very grateful, I am sure of it.
- 1659–1660, Thomas Stanley, “[The Doctrine of Epicurus.] Chapter XXIII. Of Fortitude, against Discontent of Mind.”, in The History of Philosophy, the Third and Last Volume, […], volume III, London: […] Humphrey Moseley, and Thomas Dring, […], →OCLC, 5th part (Containing the Epicurean Sect), 3rd part of philosophy (Ethick, or Morals), page 261:
- [T]he aſſwagement of his [a wise man's] diſcontent conſiſts in two things, formerly preſcribed as remedies againſt corporeall pain; viz. Diverſion of his thoughts from his loſſe, or the cause of it; and an application of them to thoſe things, which he knowes to be gratefull and pleaſant to his mind.
- 1839, Robert Hooper, Klein Grant, Lexicon Medicum: or, Medical Dictionary (4th edition, page 1177)
- […] its glands give forth gum arabic; and its flowers an odour of a very grateful fragrance.
- 1841, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “The Skeleton in Armor,”
- Fell I upon my spear,
- Oh, death was grateful!
- 1847 March 30, Herman Melville, chapter 67, in Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas; […], London: John Murray, […], →OCLC:
- […] grateful underfoot was the damp and slightly yielding beach, from which the waves seemed just retired.
recognizing the importance of a source of pleasure
- grateful in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- grateful in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911
- grateful at OneLook Dictionary Search