- 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
Examples from the Web for gladder
And I am gladder still that she lives in our midst, in America.Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Controversial Call to Arms
May 22, 2010
I remained still—sadder, gladder than I had ever been before.The First Violin
I am the gladder of it, as perhaps I may get the benefit of his advice occasionally.
Finally: "Yes, you do; and I'm gladder of that than you will ever know."Masters of Space
Edward Elmer Smith
I'm sure there is, and I'm gladder to see you two people than can possibly be expressed.The Galaxy Primes
Edward Elmer Smith
Of course we're gladder to see her than she could be to see us, because she's mamma, and we're only just the children!Cricket at the Seashore
Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
- 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 gladder
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 gladder
In addition to the idioms beginning with glad
- glad hand
- glad rags
- give someone the once-over (glad eye)
- not suffer fools gladly