soul·ful | \ ˈsōl-fəl \

Definition of soulful 

: full of or expressing feeling or emotion soulful music

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Other words from soulful

soulfully \ˈsōl-fə-lē \ adverb
soulfulness noun

Examples of soulful in a Sentence

a handsome actor with soulful eyes

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Get ready for dark grooves from Tchami and Malaa, bright soulful sounds from Lost Frequencies and Louis the Child, lots of energy from DROELOE and A-Trak, and Night Bass booms from AC Slater. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Martin Garrix Adds Tchami, Lost Frequencies & More to Ushuaia Ibiza Summer 2018," 14 June 2018 Known for its cobalt-blue beak and wings, coffee-brown body and soulful round eyes, the tree-nesting flyer died off in the wild in the late 1980s, victimized by a species of invasive snakes. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "This Royally Adorable Baby Kingfisher Perpetuates a Species Extinct in the Wild," 1 June 2018 Grandberry is a rising star who bears watching; here her soulful voice, zest for life and infectious humor steal the show. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Door County theaters add stories and sparkle to summer nights," 11 July 2018 Their performance sounded as if a soulful pianist with 20 fingers lovingly interpreted this work. Christian Hertzog,, "Inon Barnatan and Garrick Ohlsson deliver masterful performances of late Schubert music," 25 Mar. 2018 But in his solo work, Smith streamlines things to focus on hypnotically soulful melodies and earthy funky grooves. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Jazz drummer Nate Smith comes into his own as a bandleader with a sleek strain of R&B and funk that showcases his improvisational elasticity," 12 July 2018 Played by a soulful but occasionally hard-to-understand Tom Burke, Cormoran Strike gets submerged in television's deluge of brilliant rogue detectives. Inkoo Kang, The Hollywood Reporter, "'C.B. Strike': TV Review," 31 May 2018 The rising Australian singer-songwriter, born Kaity Dunstan, sings about escaping the frustrations of a lackluster romance (or at least attempting to) with airy but soulful vocals that instantly draws comparisons to Adele, Lana Del Rey and Birdy. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "CLOVES Is "Bringing the House Down" with a New Song and Music Video," 1 Feb. 2018 Rabee Zureikat, like many Jordanians, had long been enamored of the nay, whose soulful, ethereal sound is often used as an intro to classical Arabic orchestral music and mournful solos aired by Egyptian and Syrian TV. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "In rediscovered reed flute, a soulful link to Jordanian identity," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of soulful

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of soulful was in 1860

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: full of or expressing feeling or emotion

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