[greyt-fuh l] /ˈgreɪt fəl/

warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received; thankful:
I am grateful to you for your help.
expressing or actuated by gratitude:
a grateful letter.
pleasing to the mind or senses; agreeable or welcome; refreshing:
a grateful breeze.
thankful for gifts, favours, etc; appreciative
showing gratitude: a grateful letter
favourable or pleasant: a grateful rest

1550s, “pleasing to the mind,” also “full of gratitude,” from obsolete adj. grate “agreeable, thankful,” from Latin gratus “pleasing” (see grace). “A most unusual formation” [Weekley]. Hard to think of another case where English uses -ful to make an adjective from an adjective. Related: Gratefully; gratefulness.


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