Definition of soulful in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsōlfəl/


Expressing or appearing to express deep and often sorrowful feeling: she gave him a soulful glance
More example sentences
  • Our lips meet in a deep soulful kiss filled with passion and longing.
  • They were a deep, soulful grey which made any beholder know she was sincerely listening to you.
  • He has a killer voice that's deep, powerful, soulful and just generally pretty outstanding.
emotional, deep, profound, fervent, heartfelt, sincere, passionate;
meaningful, significant, eloquent, expressive;
moving, stirring;
sad, mournful, doleful



Pronunciation: /ˈsōlfəlē/
Example sentences
  • Light some candles, pour yourself a fine dessert wine, put soft, romantic music on the stereo, and gaze soulfully out the window at the stars as you lift each moist, delicious bite to your mouth.
  • They stand close and stare at each other soulfully.
  • Whether Shannon is approaching happiness or searching for a way to grieve, Olson writes soulfully.


Pronunciation: /ˈsōlfəlnəs/
Example sentences
  • I think his strong points are really the soulfulness of his playing and the directness of his lyrics that really come from the heart.
  • Grunwald has admired old blues music since he was 10 years old, immediately drawn to the soulfulness of the genre.
  • Some are almost mechanical, others merely sweet - the inspired wood thrush sings with a certain soulfulness.

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Syllabification: soul·ful

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