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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Xavier Bonner Trio Xavier Bonner weaves threads of the soulful and the metaphysical into his mesmerizing jazz compositions. Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit music: Idiot Kids at Outer Limits, Nick Speed at the Old Miami," 5 July 2018 But what redeems Barlow and Mother American Night is the pervading sense of Barlow as a soulful and self-aware human. Jesse Jarnow, WIRED, "The Ghost of John Perry Barlow Lives in His Posthumous Memoir," 5 June 2018 As a soulful Spanish ballad flows from a smartphone propped on a bale of hay, Pascual Rivera begins walking through the barn on two bad knees, greeting his family. Bill Plaschke,, "What's the magic behind six Kentucky Derby winners? This horse caretaker from rural Mexico prepares horses for stardom," 4 June 2018 Go from venue to venue and enjoy an entire six-hour afternoon of soulful tunes. Grace Dickinson,, "Best music, food, and other festivals in Philly this spring," 12 Apr. 2018 The melody is sad and the lyrics are soulful: Nothing can ever, ever replace you. Seventeen Magazine, Seventeen, "New: Justin's Breakup Song About Selena," 28 Jan. 2013 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

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First Known Use of soulful

1860, in the meaning defined above

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: full of or expressing feeling or emotion

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