- 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.
- Archaic. to make glad.
Origin of glad1
SynonymsSee more synonyms for glad on Thesaurus.com
Origin of glad2
Examples from the Web for glad
With Big Eyes a lot of people, myself included, were glad to see you emerge from the rabbit hole that is the CG world.Tim Burton Talks ‘Big Eyes,’ His Taste For the Macabre, and the ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel
December 17, 2014
Both had reasons to love him, and I was glad I heard about it from them rather than the internet.Mara Wilson Remembers Robin Williams: We're All His Goddamn Kids
August 18, 2014
I, for one, am glad to see more diversity in the options for nursing mothers.Dita Von Teese, My Breasts Are All Yours
August 8, 2014
If married life is as boring and joyless as this document, I am glad I am celibate.Did the Pope Just Wink at Gay Marriage?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
June 27, 2014
Boring as it may seem, be glad that Cochran eked out his win.Thad Cochran Wins One for Sanity Over Tea Partier Chris McDaniel
June 25, 2014
For his sake, I am glad once more to be in my own happy home.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
I am more grateful to you than words can utter—and I will always be glad to do anything for you.
But he had not done so, and she was glad he could be restrained and deliberate in that "breedy" sort of way.
She is glad to believe that there is every reason why it will soon be over.
I had a warm regard for your father, and shall be glad to help your mother if there is any occasion.Brave and Bold
- 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
- an archaic word for gladden
- informal short for gladiolus Also called (Austral): gladdie (ˈɡlædɪ)
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.
Idioms and Phrases with glad
In addition to the idioms beginning with glad
- glad hand
- glad rags
- give someone the once-over (glad eye)
- not suffer fools gladly