glad

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adjective, glad·der, glad·dest.

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.

verb (used with object), glad·ded, glad·ding.

Archaic. to make glad.

Nearby words

  1. glacis,
  2. glacis plate,
  3. glackens,
  4. glackens, william james,
  5. glacé,
  6. glad eye,
  7. glad hand,
  8. glad rags,
  9. glad-hand,
  10. glad-hander

Origin of glad

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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

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British Dictionary definitions for gladness

glad

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adjective gladder or gladdest

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

verb glads, gladding or gladded

an archaic word for gladden
Derived Formsgladly, adverbgladness, noun

Word Origin for glad

Old English glǣd; related to Old Norse glathr, Old High German glat smooth, shining, Latin glaber smooth, Lithuanian glodùs fitting closely

glad

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noun

informal short for gladiolus Also called (Austral): gladdie (ˈɡlædɪ)
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Word Origin and History for gladness
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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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