- feeling joy or pleasure; delighted; pleased: glad about the good news; glad that you are here.
- accompanied by or causing joy or pleasure: a glad occasion; glad tidings.
- characterized by or showing cheerfulness, joy, or pleasure, as looks or utterances.
- very willing: I'll be glad to give him your message.
- Archaic. to make glad.
Origin of glad1
SynonymsSee more synonyms for glad on Thesaurus.com
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
January 27, 2013
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
- happy and pleased; contented
- causing happiness or contentment
- (postpositive foll by to) very willinghe was glad to help
- (postpositive foll by of) happy or pleased to haveglad of her help
- an archaic word for gladden
- informal short for gladiolus Also called (Austral): gladdie (ˈɡlædɪ)
Word Origin and History for gladness
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