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[glad-suh m] /ˈglæd səm/
giving or causing joy; delightful.
glad1 .
Origin of gladsome
Middle English word dating back to 1325-75; See origin at glad1, -some1
Related forms
gladsomely, adverb
gladsomeness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for gladsome
Historical Examples
  • It was a gladsome spectacle, and his eyes sparkled in beholding it.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • But, as Wordsworth reminds us, these ever-youthful waters have their gladsome notes.

    The Balladists John Geddie
  • That any being on earth could be so gladsome puzzled him vaguely.

    Janet of the Dunes

    Harriet T. Comstock
  • Filled with their gladsome minstrelsy the depths of leafy gloom.

  • His own active and gladsome mind had kept him happy among his occupations.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • Nobody ever stopped him in the street to say, with gladsome looks, 'My dear Scrooge, how are you?

    A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
  • It was all so gladsome, so beautiful, so free, that Joan laughed and skipped for joy.

    Two Little Travellers

    Frances Browne Arthur
  • He had passed off in gladsome anticipation of the meeting there was to be.

    The Iron Ration

    George Abel Schreiner
  • It is ever gladsome work to unfold the loving kindness of our God.

  • I like my May to be smiling and gladsome, not frowning and petulant.

    Dimbie and I--and Amelia Mabel Barnes-Grundy
British Dictionary definitions for gladsome


an archaic word for glad1
Derived Forms
gladsomely, adverb
gladsomeness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gladsome

late 14c., gladsum; see glad + -some (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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