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glad

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[ glad ]
/ glæd /
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adjective, glad·der, glad·dest.
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), glad·ded, glad·ding.
Archaic. to make glad.
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Origin of glad

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First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English glæd; cognate with Old Norse glathr “bright, glad,” Dutch glad, German glatt “smooth”; akin to Latin glaber “smooth”

OTHER WORDS FROM glad

glad·ly, adverbglad·ness, noun

Other definitions for glad (2 of 2)

glad2
[ glad ]
/ glæd /

noun

Origin of glad

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First recorded in 1920–25; by shortening
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British Dictionary definitions for glad (1 of 2)

glad1
/ (ɡlæd) /

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

Derived forms of glad

gladly, 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

British Dictionary definitions for glad (2 of 2)

glad2
/ (ɡlæd) /

noun
informal short for gladiolus Also called (Austral): gladdie (ˈɡlædɪ)
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Other Idioms and Phrases with glad

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