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.”

beautiful
bountiful
careful
cheerful
colorful
deceitful
doubtful
dreadful
dutiful
fanciful
fateful
fearful
flavorful
forceful
forgetful
frightful
fruitful
gleeful
graceful
grateful
harmful
hateful
helpful
hopeful
hurtful
joyful
lawful
masterful
painful
peaceful
pitiful
playful
plentiful
powerful
resentful
respectful
restful
shameful
skillful
soulful
stressful
tearful
thankful
thoughtful
truthful
unlawful
useful
wasteful
watchful
willful
wishful
wonderful
youthful

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

ful suffix – OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com 

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.”

The noun vandalism is made with the suffix -ISM. Do a deep dive into this English suffix here >> 55 Common Suffix -ISM Examples (Video + PDF Download)

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

Download the Word List as a printable PDF. Great for teachers to use with private or group classes. PDF contains the live links from the post.

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