adjective, glad·der, glad·dest.
verb (used with object), glad·ded, glad·ding.
- glacis plate,
- glackens, william james,
- glad eye,
- glad hand,
- glad rags,
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
adjective gladder or gladdest
verb glads, gladding or gladded
Word Origin for glad
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with glad
- glad hand
- glad rags
- give someone the once-over (glad eye)
- not suffer fools gladly