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glad1

[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.
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verb (used with object), glad·ded, glad·ding.
  1. Archaic. to make glad.
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Origin of glad1

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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1. elated, gratified, contented. 3. merry, joyous, joyful, cheerful, happy, cheery.

Antonyms

1–3. sad.
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British Dictionary definitions for gladly

glad1

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
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verb glads, gladding or gladded
  1. an archaic word for gladden
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Derived Formsgladly, adverbgladness, noun

Word Origin

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

glad2

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).

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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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