Thanking vs Grateful - What's the difference?

thanking | grateful |

As a verb thanking

is .

As a noun thanking

is the act by which thanks are given; thanks.

As an adjective grateful is

showing appreciation, being thankful.




  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • The act by which thanks are given; thanks.
  • * (William Shakespeare), Measure for Measure
  • Many and hearty thankings to you both.




    Alternative forms

    * gratefull (archaic)


  • Showing appreciation, being thankful.
  • I'm grateful that you helped me out.
    I'm grateful to you for helping me out
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=May 5 , author=Phil McNulty , title=Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Carroll thought he had equalised with his header against the bar with eight minutes left. Liverpool claimed the ball had cross the line and Chelsea were grateful for a miraculous intervention from Cech to turn his effort on to the woodwork.}}
  • Recognizing the importance of a source of pleasure.
  • Pleasing, welcome.
  • * Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Skeleton in Armor :
  • Fell I upon my spear, / Oh, death was grateful !
  • * Herman Melville, Omoo
  • grateful underfoot was the damp and slightly yielding beach, from which the waves seemed just retired.


    * thankful * appreciative


    * ungrateful

    Derived terms

    * gratefulness