- a glowing coal.
Origin of gleed
- to squint or look with one eye.
- a squint.
- an imperfect eye, especially one with a cast.
Origin of glee2
Examples from the Web for gleed
Jest at that minnit, who shed come right into the gleed but Marian herself!The Wild Huntress
To shoot and dine with him was to see Gleed at his very best.
Gleed shrugged again, but this time there was no accompanying smile.
Gleed carried it like a gentleman, also the port that followed, though a little inclined to be garrulous about the latter.
Gleed had fully intended doing so, but the scornful suggestion killed the thought, and for once he had no last word.
- archaic, or dialect a burning ember or hot coal
- great merriment or delight, often caused by someone else's misfortune
- a type of song originating in 18th-century England, sung by three or more unaccompanied voicesCompare madrigal (def. 1)
Word Origin and History for gleed
Old English gliu, gliw "entertainment, mirth, jest, play, sport," presumably from a Proto-Germanic *gleujam but absent in other Germanic languages except for the rare Old Norse gly "joy;" probably related to glad. A poetry word in Old English and Middle English, obsolete c.1500-c.1700, it somehow found its way back to currency late 18c. In Old English, an entertainer was a gleuman (female gleo-mægden). Glee club (1814) is from the secondary sense of "unaccompanied part-song" (1650s) as a form of musical entertainment.