Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “gainful”

gainful

adjective     /ˈɡeɪn.fəl/ formal
providing money or something else that is useful: Many graduates tell of months spent in search of gainful employment.Earning money and money earnedUseful or advantageous gainfully     /-i/ adverb His estate continues to keep lawyers gainfully employed even seven years after his death.Useful or advantageousEarning money and money earned
(Definition of gainful adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of gainful

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Useful or advantageous, but you might be interested in these topics from the Using and not using topic area:

Definitions of “gainful” in other dictionaries

Translations of “gainful”

Word of the Day

closeness

the quality of knowing someone very well, liking them a lot, and wanting to spend a lot of time together

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More