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[glad-suh m]
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  1. giving or causing joy; delightful.
  2. glad1.
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Origin of gladsome

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at glad1, -some1
Related formsglad·some·ly, adverbglad·some·ness, noun
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Historical Examples

  • It was a gladsome spectacle, and his eyes sparkled in beholding it.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • But, as Wordsworth reminds us, these ever-youthful waters have their gladsome notes.

    The Balladists

    John Geddie

  • That any being on earth could be so gladsome puzzled him vaguely.

    Janet of the Dunes

    Harriet T. Comstock

  • Filled with their gladsome minstrelsy the depths of leafy gloom.

  • His own active and gladsome mind had kept him happy among his occupations.


    Harriet Martineau

British Dictionary definitions for gladsome


  1. an archaic word for glad 1
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Derived Formsgladsomely, adverbgladsomeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for gladsome


late 14c., gladsum; see glad + -some (1).

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