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adjective,glad·der, glad·dest.
  1. feeling joy or pleasure; delighted; pleased: glad about the good news;glad that you are here.

  2. accompanied by or causing joy or pleasure: a glad occasion;glad tidings.

  1. characterized by or showing cheerfulness, joy, or pleasure, as looks or utterances.

  2. very willing: I'll be glad to give him your message.

verb (used with object),glad·ded, glad·ding.
  1. Archaic. to make glad.

Origin of glad

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 for glad

Opposites for glad

Other words from glad

  • glad·ly, adverb
  • glad·ness, noun

Other definitions for glad (2 of 2)

[ glad ]

Origin of glad

First recorded in 1920–25; by shortening Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use glad in a sentence

  • As it was, no child could be gladder to see a parent than she was to see her friend.

    Eveline Mandeville | Alvin Addison

British Dictionary definitions for glad (1 of 2)


/ (ɡlæd) /

adjectivegladder or gladdest
  1. happy and pleased; contented

  2. causing happiness or contentment

  1. (postpositive foll by to) very willing: he was glad to help

  2. (postpositive foll by of) happy or pleased to have: glad of her help

verbglads, gladding or gladded
  1. an archaic word for gladden

Origin of glad

Old English glǣd; related to Old Norse glathr, Old High German glat smooth, shining, Latin glaber smooth, Lithuanian glodùs fitting closely

Derived forms of glad

  • gladly, adverb
  • gladness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for glad (2 of 2)


/ (ɡlæd) /

  1. informal short for gladiolus Also called (Austral): gladdie (ˈɡlædɪ)

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Other Idioms and Phrases with glad


In addition to the idioms beginning with glad

  • glad hand
  • glad rags

also see:

  • give someone the once-over (glad eye)
  • not suffer fools gladly

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