adjective, glad·der, glad·dest.
verb (used with object), glad·ded, glad·ding.
Origin of glad1
Synonyms for glad
Antonyms for glad
Related Words for gladnessdelight, blitheness, joy, glee, animation, jollity, gaiety, cheer, felicity, pleasure, mirth, cheerfulness, hilarity
Examples from the Web for gladness
Contemporary Examples of gladness
And in Augie March: “I expect happiness and gladness have always been the same.”The Promise of Happiness After the Newtown Shooting
January 27, 2013
Historical Examples of gladness
This has been such a sweet, happy wedding that we mustn't spoil its gladness.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
The little squirrel had squeaked his gladness, and, tail erect, had darted into the grass.
She was good, and she had been anointed with the oil of gladness.
Anshar looked upon him and his heart was filled with gladness.The Babylonian Legends of the Creation
All the gladness seemed to have been taken out of the homecoming.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
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