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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Other Words from soulful

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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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 Wang could be seen chair-dancing to the soulful tunes, and guests clapped along as the group swished across a makeshift dance floor. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Deepika Padukone, Kendall Jenner, and the Stars of “Ain't Too Proud” Attend the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Youth Anxiety Center Dinner," 18 June 2019 The goal is to make S.A.L.T. participants feel like intrepid reporters themselves, striking out into unknown territory to find authentic, soulful cuisine. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "With S.A.L.T., Silversea Is Completely Rewriting How Cruises Do Food," 18 July 2019 Just a few weeks away from turning 80, San Francisco’s incomparable Mary Stallings has entered rarified territory trod only by the late great Ernestine Anderson, another inimitably soulful singer whose gift was undiminished into her ninth decade. Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News, "A wave of great jazz singers is headed for the Bay Area," 17 July 2019 Rosaly Rondon has deep, soulful eyes and wears a silk scarf around her neck. Nathaniel Penn, Popular Mechanics, "The Day the Town Blew Up," 3 June 2019 Jud’s wary, soulful, and ever-shifting expressions are displayed on the wall for the audience in a close-up that feels totally intrusive. Aja Romano, Vox, "The new Oklahoma! is a sexy, shocking revival for our times," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of soulful

1860, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of soulful

: full of or expressing feeling or emotion

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