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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

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

1–3. sad.
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Examples from the Web for gladness

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Historical Examples

  • This has been such a sweet, happy wedding that we mustn't spoil its gladness.

  • The little squirrel had squeaked his gladness, and, tail erect, had darted into the grass.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • She was good, and she had been anointed with the oil of gladness.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Anshar looked upon him and his heart was filled with gladness.

  • All the gladness seemed to have been taken out of the homecoming.

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston


British Dictionary definitions for gladness

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 gladness

n.

Old English glædnes; see glad + -ness.

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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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with gladness

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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