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[glad] /glæd/
adjective, gladder, gladdest.
feeling joy or pleasure; delighted; pleased:
glad about the good news; glad that you are here.
accompanied by or causing joy or pleasure:
a glad occasion; glad tidings.
characterized by or showing cheerfulness, joy, or pleasure, as looks or utterances.
very willing:
I'll be glad to give him your message.
verb (used with object), gladded, gladding.
Archaic. to make glad.
Origin of glad1
before 900; Middle English; Old English glæd; cognate with Old Norse glathr bright, glad, Dutch glad, German glatt smooth; akin to Latin glaber smooth
Related forms
gladly, adverb
gladness, noun
1. elated, gratified, contented. 3. merry, joyous, joyful, cheerful, happy, cheery.
1–3. sad. Unabridged
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  • I remained still—sadder, gladder than I had ever been before.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • I am the gladder of it, as perhaps I may get the benefit of his advice occasionally.

  • Finally: "Yes, you do; and I'm gladder of that than you will ever know."

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
  • I'm sure there is, and I'm gladder to see you two people than can possibly be expressed.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
  • Of course we're gladder to see her than she could be to see us, because she's mamma, and we're only just the children!

    Cricket at the Seashore Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
  • But I'm gladder than words can say that she wouldn't take you back.

  • She was gladder then than ever that she had gone up and changed her dress.

    The Heart of Arethusa

    Francis Barton Fox
  • I don't believe Mitch and me was ever any gladder to see each other than pa and the judge.

    Mitch Miller Edgar Lee Masters
  • But I know that for some reason she was gladder yet when I turned to depart.

    The Millionaire Baby

    Anna Katharine Green
British Dictionary definitions for gladder


adjective gladder, gladdest
happy and pleased; contented
causing happiness or contentment
(postpositive) foll by to. very willing: he was glad to help
(postpositive) foll by of. happy or pleased to have: glad of her help
verb glads, gladding, gladded
an archaic word for gladden
Derived Forms
gladly, adverb
gladness, noun
Word Origin
Old English glǣd; related to Old Norse glathr, Old High German glat smooth, shining, Latin glaber smooth, Lithuanian glodùs fitting closely


(informal) short for gladiolus Also called (Austral) gladdie (ˈɡlædɪ)
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Word Origin and History for gladder



Old English glæd "bright, shining, joyous," from Proto-Germanic *glada- (cf. Old Norse glaðr "smooth, bright, glad," Danish glad "glad, joyful," Old Saxon gladmod "glad," Old Frisian gled "smooth," Dutch glad "slippery," German glatt "smooth"), from PIE *ghel- "to shine" (see glass). The modern sense is much weakened. Slang glad rags "one's best clothes" first recorded 1902.

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