Suffix -ful – 58 Examples (Free PDF, Video, Real Sentences)

The Suffix -FUL is used in many words and has a meaning that’s easy to understand. In adjectives, it means “full of something” or “having the qualities of that thing.”


You will find a list of 58 words that end in the suffix -ful, real example sentences, and a video for a fun way to study this grammar. There is also find a Free PDF wordlist to download at the end of this post. Keep reading.

The Suffix -FUL Meaning

The suffix -ful is a common English suffix. A simple way to think of this suffix is that it comes from the adjective FULL which means: with no empty space/having a lot/as much as possible. 

-ful suffix (in adjectives) full of; having the qualities of; tending to

careful – full of care
stressful – full of stress

In nouns, the suffix -ful means an amount that fills something

handful – an amount that fills your hand
spoonful – an amount that fills a spoon

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I have divided the examples into an Adjective list and a Noun list. Each word has a link to its definition from Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries with an alternate definition. I hope this resource is helpful for you in your English study. 

Adjectives with the Suffix FUL 

Beautiful – pleasing to the senses; attractive. 

  • “I saw the most beautiful woman on the train today.”

Bountiful – abundant; plentiful. 

  • “The farmers were grateful for the bountiful harvest this year.”

Careful – taking great care; attentive to potential hazards. 

  • “I asked the movers to be careful with that box. It’s full of fragile dishes.”

Cheerful – happy and optimistic. 

  • “She had a cheerful attitude despite the bad weather.”

Colorful – having many colors; vivid. 

  • “The parrot was colorful with its bright red and blue feathers. It was also very noisy!”

Deceitful – dishonest. 

  • “The company was accused of using deceitful tactics in their advertising campaign.”

Doubtful – uncertain; skeptical.

  • “It’s doubtful that I will ever work for that company again. My experience was not good.”

Dreadful – causing dread or fear; terrible. 

  • “The storm was dreadful, with strong winds and heavy rain. We decided to reschedule the picnic for next weekend.”

Dutiful – performing one’s duty; responsible. 

  • “He was a dutiful son who always looked out for his parents.”

Fanciful – imaginative; not based in reality.

  • “The story was fanciful, filled with talking animals and magic spells.”

Fateful – having a significant and inevitable effect on the future. 

  • “The decision to leave the country was fateful and would change the course of their lives.”

Fearful – causing fear or alarm. 

  • “The embassy closed temporarily until the country restored order. The embassy staff were fearful of an attack.”

Flavorful – having a strong and distinct taste. 

  • “The dish was flavorful with a mix of spices that were new to me.”

Forceful – powerful; strong. 

  • “Mike was a good manager but his forceful personality turned some people off.”

Forgetful – prone to forgetfulness; absent-minded. 

  • “As I get older I get more forgetful.”

Frightful – causing fear or alarm. 

  • “I heard a frightful noise coming from the basement so I ran downstairs to see if everything was okay.”

Fruitful – producing good results; productive. 

  • “The meeting yesterday was fruitful and many good ideas were generated.”

Gleeful – joyful and carefree. 

  • “Sharon’s gleeful laugh could be heard all through the house.”

Graceful – characterized by elegance and poise. 

  • “The ballerina was very graceful as she danced across the stage. The crowd couldn’t take their eyes off her.”

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Grateful – feeling or showing gratitude. 

  • “Benjamin was grateful for all the help he received during the difficult time.”

Harmful – causing harm or injury. 

  • “The chemical was potentially harmful and needed to be stored correctly.”

Hateful – full of hate; very unkind. 

  • “John was a hateful old man who lived beside me. I made several attempts to befriend him but he’s just too negative.”

Helpful – providing assistance; useful. 

  • “My dad gave me some helpful advice after I got married.”

Hopeful – having hope; optimistic. 

  • “She was hopeful that the medicine the doctor gave her would work.”

Hurtful – causing emotional pain.

  • “His words were hurtful and she felt tears well up in her eyes.”

Joyful – full of joy; happy. 

  • “The reporter called the paintings bright and joyful.”

Lawful – in accordance with the law.

  • “The protest was peaceful and lawful. None of the protesters were arrested.” 

The opposite of lawful is unlawful – not in accordance with the law. 

  • “The act was unlawful and would be punished with imprisonment.”

Masterful – displaying great skill and mastery. 

  • “The musician’s masterful performance on the piano received a standing ovation.”

Painful – causing physical or emotional pain. 

  • “The injury to my ankle will heal with time, but it’s too painful to walk on now.”

Peaceful – calm and tranquil. 

  • “The forest is very peaceful, I love to spend time here by myself, getting lost in nature.”

Pitiful – inspiring pity or sadness. 

  • “The homeless man on the street looked pitiful. Rather than give him any money I bought him a sandwich and a bottle of water.”

Playful – full of fun and mischief. 

  • “The playful puppy wagged its tail as it chased the children in the backyard.”

Plentiful – abundant; in great supply. 

  • “The orchard was plentiful with big red apples.”

Powerful – having great strength or influence. 

  • “The CEO is a rich and powerful man with many friends in the government.”

Resentful – feeling or showing resentment. 

  • “Dan was resentful at not being chosen for the team.”

Respectful – showing respect; polite. 

  • “The students were respectful during the assembly.”

Restful – ​that makes you feel relaxed and peaceful. 

  • “The deluxe hotel room was beautiful and had a very restful atmosphere.”

Shameful – causing shame or embarrassment. 

  • “Edgar’s behavior was shameful and he was kicked out of the party.”

Skillful – displaying great skill and expertise. 

  • “The cruise ship hired a skillful head chef to make sure that all the food on the ship was top level.”

Soulful – expressing deep emotion or sentiment. 

  • “The singer’s soulful performance brought tears to the audience’s eyes.”

Stressful – causing stress or anxiety. 

  • “Nicholas’ job is very stressful, it is time to make a change.”

Tearful – causing tears or filled with tears. 

  • “After graduation, I shared some tearful goodbyes with the close friends that I had made over the past 4 years.”

Thankful – feeling or showing gratitude. 

  • “Benjamin was thankful for all the help he received during the difficult time.”

Thoughtful – showing consideration for others. 

  • “Daniel was thoughtful enough to bring a nice bottle of wine for his host.”

Truthful – telling the truth; honest. 

  • “He was truthful in his testimony and didn’t lie to the court.”

Useful – serving a useful purpose; practical. 

  • “My tablet computer is very useful. It’s light and I can take it anywhere.”

Wasteful – not using resources efficiently. 

  • “The company’s practices were wasteful and they were losing money.”

Watchful – careful and vigilant. 

  • “The security guard kept a watchful eye on the front gate.”

Willful – stubborn;  done deliberately. 

  • “It was a willful act of damage. Vandalism will not be tolerated on school grounds.”

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Wishful – filled with longing or desire. 

  • “I hope the company increases our bonuses this year, but I’m afraid it’s just wishful thinking.”

Wonderful – inspiring delight or admiration; excellent. 

  • “The concert was wonderful, the orchestra played all my favorite songs.”

Youthful – having the qualities of youth. 

  • “I enjoyed it teaching English at a high school, the place was filled with a youthful energy and dreams of the future.”

Nouns with the Suffix FUL

Fistful – the amount that can be held in a clenched fist. 

  • “He picked up a fistful of sand and let it run through his fingers.”

Handful – the amount that can be held in the hand. 

  • “Chris picked up a handful of small stones and threw them in the lake.”

Mouthful – the amount that can be held in the mouth. 

  • “I love playing beach volleyball, but after I dove to return that serve I got a mouthful of sand.”

Spoonful – the amount that a spoon can hold

  • “I like to add a spoonful of honey to my coffee as a sweetener.”

Can you think of any other words with the suffix -FUL that I didn’t include in my list? Tell me in the comments.

Printable Suffix -FUL PDF Word List

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