WORD ORIGIN Origin of glad 2
First recorded in
1920–25; by shortening
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British Dictionary definitions for glad's adjective gladder or gladdest happy and pleased; contented causing happiness or contentment ( postpositive foll by to) very willing he was glad to help ( postpositive foll by of) happy or pleased to have glad of her help verb glads, gladding or gladded Derived Forms gladly, adverb gladness, noun Word Origin for glad
glǣd; related to Old Norse glathr, Old High German glat smooth, shining, Latin glaber smooth, Lithuanian glodùs fitting closely noun informal short for gladiolus Also called (Austral): gladdie ( ˈɡlædɪ)
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Word Origin and History for glad's adj.
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.
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Idioms and Phrases with glad's
In addition to the idioms beginning with
give someone the once-over (glad eye) not suffer fools gladly
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