[ glad-hand ]
/ ˈglædˌhænd /

verb (used with object)

to greet warmly.
to greet in an insincerely effusive manner.

verb (used without object)

to greet others with enthusiasm, especially feigned enthusiasm: The candidate spent weeks glad-handing around the state.

Nearby words

  1. glacé,
  2. glad,
  3. glad eye,
  4. glad hand,
  5. glad rags,
  6. glad-hander,
  7. gladbach-rheydt,
  8. gladbeck,
  9. gladden,
  10. gladdon

Origin of glad-hand

First recorded in 1900–05

Related formsglad-hand·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Culture definitions for glad-hander


An excessively friendly or familiar person: “A glad-hander like Patterson offends more people than he charms.”

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