grateful vs thankful what difference

what is difference between grateful and thankful

English

Alternative forms

  • gratefull (archaic)

Etymology

From Latin gratus (pleasing, agreeable) + -ful, morphologically grate +‎ -ful.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡɹeɪtfəl/
  • Hyphenation: grate‧ful

Adjective

grateful (comparative gratefuller or more grateful, superlative gratefullest or most grateful)

  1. Appreciative; thankful.
  2. (obsolete) Pleasing, welcome.
    • c. 1593, William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, Act II, Scene 1,[2]
      Neighbour, this is a gift very grateful, I am sure of it.
    • 1839, Robert Hooper, Klein Grant, Lexicon Medicum: or, Medical Dictionary (4th edition, page 1177)
      [] its glands give forth gum arabic; and its flowers an odour of a very grateful fragrance.
    • 1841, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “The Skeleton in Armor,”[3]
      Fell I upon my spear,
      Oh, death was grateful!
    • 1847, Herman Melville, Omoo, Chapter 67,[4]
      [] grateful underfoot was the damp and slightly yielding beach, from which the waves seemed just retired.

Synonyms

  • thankful
  • appreciative

Antonyms

  • ungrateful

Derived terms

  • gratefulness

Related terms

  • gratitude

Translations

Further reading

  • grateful in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • grateful in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • grateful at OneLook Dictionary Search


English

Alternative forms

  • thankefull (obsolete)

Etymology

From Middle English thankful, from Old English þancful, þancfull (thoughtful, pleasing, agreeable, pleasant, thankful, grateful), equivalent to thank +‎ -ful. Compare Old High German undankfol (unthankful, ungrateful).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈθæŋkfəl/
  • Hyphenation: thank‧ful

Adjective

thankful (comparative more thankful, superlative most thankful)

  1. Showing appreciation or gratitude.
    I’m thankful that you helped me out today. How can I ever repay you?
  2. (obsolete) Obtaining or deserving thanks; thankworthy.

Synonyms

  • grateful
  • appreciative

Antonyms

  • thankless
  • unthankful

Derived terms

  • thankfully
  • thankfulness

Translations


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