glad

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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.
  3. characterized by or showing cheerfulness, joy, or pleasure, as looks or utterances.
  4. 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

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before 900; Middle English; Old English glæd; cognate with Old Norse glathr bright, glad, Dutch glad, German glatt smooth; akin to Latin glaber smooth
Related formsglad·ly, adverbglad·ness, noun

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Antonyms for glad

1–3. sad.
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glad

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adjective gladder or gladdest
  1. happy and pleased; contented
  2. causing happiness or contentment
  3. (postpositive foll by to) very willinghe was glad to help
  4. (postpositive foll by of) happy or pleased to haveglad of her help
verb glads, gladding or gladded
  1. an archaic word for gladden
Derived Formsgladly, adverbgladness, noun

Word Origin for glad

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

glad

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noun
  1. informal short for gladiolus Also called (Austral): gladdie (ˈɡlædɪ)
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Word Origin and History for gladly
adv.

Old English glædlice "joyfully, kindly, willingly;" see glad + -ly (2).

glad

adj.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with gladly

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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