adjective, glad·der, glad·dest.
verb (used with object), glad·ded, glad·ding.
Origin of glad1
Examples from the Web for gladness
And in Augie March: “I expect happiness and gladness have always been the same.”The Promise of Happiness After the Newtown Shooting|William Giraldi|January 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Either the clear voice was too rich with gladness, or else she should not have turned the starry eyes so suddenly upon him.Terry|Charles Goff Thomson
My gladness is largely a matter of circumstances, and I do not determine these.Expositions of Holy Scripture|Alexander Maclaren
Hopeful as youth, careless as the wind, it sang in gladness and in trust.Told in a French Garden|Mildred Aldrich
British Dictionary definitions for gladness (1 of 2)
adjective gladder or gladdest
verb glads, gladding or gladded
Word Origin for glad
British Dictionary definitions for gladness (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for gladness (1 of 2)
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 gladness
In addition to the idioms beginning with glad
- glad hand
- glad rags
- give someone the once-over (glad eye)
- not suffer fools gladly