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[glee-fuh l] /ˈgli fəl/
full of exultant joy; merry; delighted.
Origin of gleeful
First recorded in 1580-90; glee1 + -ful
Related forms
gleefully, adverb
gleefulness, noun
ungleeful, adjective
ungleefully, adverb Unabridged
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  • "I got a letter from my father this morning, and he says that he is returning to England very soon," said Kitty, gleefully.

  • "You look just like a woolly worm, Helen," said Zaidee, gleefully.

    Cricket at the Seashore Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
  • Captain Raymond put a bright dime into the hand of each of his younger children and they gleefully tossed them in.

  • "Well it's not impossible anymore," Herschell said gleefully.

    The Premiere Richard Sabia
  • Such stories as the following were gleefully passed throughout the land from lip to lip.

British Dictionary definitions for gleefully


full of glee; merry
Derived Forms
gleefully, adverb
gleefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for gleefully



1580s, from glee + -ful. Related: Gleefully. Alternative gleesome attested from c.1600.

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