soul·​ful | \ ˈsōl-fəl How to pronounce soulful (audio) \

Definition of soulful

: full of or expressing feeling or emotion soulful music

Other Words from soulful

soulfully \ ˈsōl-​fə-​lē How to pronounce soulful (audio) \ adverb
soulfulness noun

Examples of soulful in a Sentence

a handsome actor with soulful eyes
Recent Examples on the Web Backed by her band Y’all, Clarkson delivered a soulful rendition of the track and kept it largely close to the original version. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 14 Sep. 2022 Humans have spent generations breeding dogs to emote in very people-esque ways, using their soulful eyes and slobbery, smiley mouths. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 7 Sep. 2022 Konstanty is a small-framed Polish guy with soulful, dark eyes, and both of us have had a somber game. WIRED, 2 Sep. 2022 Brian Tyree Henry’s soulful work brings out richer shadings in Lawrence’s guarded stoicism and vice versa. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Sep. 2022 Fire is a soulful element that can’t be replaced with voltage. Bon Appétit Contributor, Bon Appétit, 9 Sep. 2022 Altogether, this positioning alludes to a moment in time that is pushing us to lean into a soulful experience that will ignite our inner selves with passion and zeal. Lisa Stardust,, 8 Sep. 2022 Although Hudson didn’t win Season 3 of the singing competition show, her distinctive, soulful vocals have carried her career. Samantha Chery, Washington Post, 13 June 2022 In addition to his soulful vocals, Chaplin brought a Stonesy swagger to the mix while tearing it up on lead guitar, gleefully standing mere inches from Wilson's piano. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 8 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of soulful

1837, in the meaning defined above

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30 Sep 2022

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“Soulful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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