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I am always confused between beautiful (ends with single L) and beautifull (ends with double L).

I noticed that in the dictionaries it's written with one L but maybe also the second form is correct and just not considered common and hence the dictionaries don't mention it.

In my phone automatic corrector both of the options do exist, and on Google I saw unclear answers for it. I would like to know a clear answer for this question.

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    How many dictionaries online have you found the spelling beautifull in? Sep 19, 2016 at 21:46
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    You should delete the option with two els from your phone automatic corrector thingie. Sep 20, 2016 at 1:02
  • @AlanCarmack: The OP shouldn't be blamed, it's English spelling that causes trouble!
    – Void
    Jan 8, 2021 at 19:38
  • There are lots of words like this. Beautiful, bountiful, plentiful, careful, fearful, dutiful.
    – rjpond
    Jan 8, 2021 at 20:49

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Beautiful is the common spelling, "beautifull" appears to be a less common variant or probably just a misspelling which might derive from the adverbial form "beautifully":

  • mid-15c., "pleasing to the eye," from beauty + -ful. The beautiful people "the fashionable set" first attested 1964 in (where else?) "Vogue" (it also was the title of a 1941 play by U.S. dramatist William Saroyan). House Beautiful is from "Pilgrim's Progress," where it is a proper name of a place.

Ngram: beautiful vs beautifull

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  • The spelling beautifull was an alternate in the 15th and 16th centuries (e.g. see Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy) but hasn't been accepted for 150 years or so. Sep 19, 2016 at 22:30
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    @P.E. Dant - that is an interesting point that could have posted in an answer to a potentially good question instead of simply VTC it.
    – user5267
    Sep 20, 2016 at 5:01
  • The archaic spelling of this word probably has no connexion to the OP's question. Any such contempory spelling is more likely to be a back-formation from beautifully, as in your own answer. Sep 20, 2016 at 5:35
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    On my spell checker, beautifull is underlined in red; it seems the OP has manually included the erroneous spelling in their phone's dictionary. The OP is only asking which spelling is correct, and this question is easily answered in any dictionary.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Sep 20, 2016 at 10:08
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    @Mari-LouA - It is not only a question of spell-checker, OP clearly refers to the unclear information about the usage of double ll in beatiful in google (where actually there are a lot of sites which duscuss about it). A clear referened answer is always a good help.
    – user5267
    Sep 20, 2016 at 19:28

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