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adjective, glad·der, glad·dest.
  1. feeling joy or pleasure; delighted; pleased: glad about the good news; glad that you are here.
  2. accompanied by or causing joy or pleasure: a glad occasion; glad tidings.
  3. characterized by or showing cheerfulness, joy, or pleasure, as looks or utterances.
  4. very willing: I'll be glad to give him your message.
verb (used with object), glad·ded, glad·ding.
  1. Archaic. to make glad.

Origin of glad

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 formsglad·ly, adverbglad·ness, noun

Synonyms for glad

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Antonyms for glad

1–3. sad.



Origin of glad

First recorded in 1920–25; by shortening Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for glad

Contemporary Examples of glad

Historical Examples of glad

  • For his sake, I am glad once more to be in my own happy home.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • I am more grateful to you than words can utter—and I will always be glad to do anything for you.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • But he had not done so, and she was glad he could be restrained and deliberate in that "breedy" sort of way.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • She is glad to believe that there is every reason why it will soon be over.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • I had a warm regard for your father, and shall be glad to help your mother if there is any occasion.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

British Dictionary definitions for glad


adjective gladder or gladdest
  1. happy and pleased; contented
  2. causing happiness or contentment
  3. (postpositive foll by to) very willinghe was glad to help
  4. (postpositive foll by of) happy or pleased to haveglad of her help
verb glads, gladding or gladded
  1. an archaic word for gladden
Derived Formsgladly, adverbgladness, noun

Word Origin for glad

Old English glǣd; related to Old Norse glathr, Old High German glat smooth, shining, Latin glaber smooth, Lithuanian glodùs fitting closely


  1. informal short for gladiolus Also called (Austral): gladdie (ˈɡlædɪ)
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Word Origin and History for glad

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with glad


In addition to the idioms beginning with glad

  • glad hand
  • glad rags

also see:

  • give someone the once-over (glad eye)
  • not suffer fools gladly
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