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

Definition of soulful

: full of or expressing feeling or emotion soulful music

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

Examples of soulful in a Sentence

a handsome actor with soulful eyes

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The music was great, Dills recalls, especially Joe Cocker, the soulful singer with a distinctively physical performance style, who Dills hadn’t heard before., "Oregonian interviewed for PBS ‘Woodstock’ documentary says the festival ‘changed my perspective on the world’," 28 July 2019 Informed by, but not beholden to, border-blurring vintage balladry and soulful love songs, the sound is driven by young Latinx singers drawing on oldies for stylistic inspiration. Los Angeles Times, "Meet the teenage old souls making dreamy Latinx pop, from their bedroom to yours," 14 Aug. 2019 He’s been compared to emotional, soulful, gentle pop singer/songwriters like Ed Sheeran and John Mayer. John Adamian,, "Howie Day, playing Infinity Hall, finds peace in whatever comes," 5 Aug. 2019 Where are the hashtags dedicated to the simple and soulful dishes? Illyanna Maisonet,, "An ode to the soulful magic of simple beans," 19 July 2019 In fashion, garments that are handmade always feel more rich and soulful. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "WeWork Unveils Captivating New South Africa Location," 13 June 2019 Surfing is in a transitional phase, its soulful energy mixing with newfound competitive spirit. Los Angeles Times, "Frothy to learn about surfing? Don’t be surf-stoked. The sport’s language really rips," 3 Aug. 2019 The band had the members of the crowd smiling with their soulful classic rock and blues tunes. Quoron Walker,, "Concert Series Going Strong," 11 July 2019 But their three main subjects — the unapologetic sensualist Blondtron, the intensely body-conscious Lux Moderna and the soulful single mom AppleCat — are all good company. Noel Murray,, "Reviews: Gary Oldman in ‘Killers Anonymous’; plus ‘The 16th Episode’ and more," 27 June 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of soulful

: full of or expressing feeling or emotion

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