- 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
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Examples from the Web for gladly
A man sitting next to the bus driver handed the soldier a bottle of water which was gladly received with a "thank you."On the Bus: Ukraine’s Frontline Express Across the Battle Lines
September 8, 2014
We will gladly continue patronizing those stores, but will not be taking our rifles.A Gun Owner Speaks: My Case for Open Carry
June 12, 2014
If a patient is not yet playing football and a parent asks for my opinion, I gladly share it.Why I’ll Never Let My Kids Play Football
May 21, 2014
These Westerners bring (relative) wads of cash and influence, and are gladly met by opportunistic African leaders.Why Africa’s Turning Anti-Gay
March 31, 2014
What more, Hemon gladly admits that he has no clue what European fiction is.This Week’s Hot Reads: Nov. 12, 2012
Jimmy So, Lucy Scholes
November 12, 2012
I would have parted with my life willingly, gladly, to serve you.
She'd gladly wash her hands of me, yet thinks she has a duty.The Bacillus of Beauty
Napoleon brightened at this invitation, and gladly accepted it.The Boy Life of Napoleon
I was not insensible to the advantages of his proposal, and gladly assured him of my acceptance.Tanglewood Tales
The keeper of the rendezvous received us gladly, and we shipped immediately.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
- 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 gladly
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 gladly
In addition to the idioms beginning with glad
- glad hand
- glad rags
- give someone the once-over (glad eye)
- not suffer fools gladly