Definition of thankful adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈθæŋkfl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈθæŋkfl//
[not usually before noun] Happiness
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  • pleased about something good that has happened, or something bad that has not happened thankful (to do something) I was thankful to see they'd all arrived safely. thankful (for something) He wasn't badly hurt—that's something to be thankful for. She was thankful for the darkness which allowed her to slip away unnoticed. thankful (that…) I was thankful that he hadn't been hurt. See related entries: Happiness
  • Word OriginOld English thancful (see thank, -ful).Extra examples I’m just thankful that my mother never lived to see this. We were thankful for the chance to rest. He wasn’t badly hurt—that’s something to be thankful for. I was thankful that they hadn’t asked for more. I was thankful to see they’d all arrived safely.Idioms
    be grateful/thankful for small mercies
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    to be happy that a situation that is bad is not as bad as it could have been Well, at least you weren't hurt. I suppose we should be grateful for small mercies.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: thankful