[ gleed ]
/ glid /

noun Archaic.

a glowing coal.

Origin of gleed

before 950; Middle English gleed(e), Old English glēd; cognate with German Glut, Old Norse glōth; akin to glow

Definition for gleed (2 of 2)


[ glee ]
/ gli /
Scot. and North England

verb (used without object)

to squint or look with one eye.


a squint.
an imperfect eye, especially one with a cast.

Origin of glee

1250–1300; Middle English glien, gleen; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse gljā to shine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gleed (1 of 2)


/ (ɡliːd) /


archaic, or dialect a burning ember or hot coal

Word Origin for gleed

Old English glēd; related to German Glut, Dutch gloed, Swedish glöd

British Dictionary definitions for gleed (2 of 2)


/ (ɡliː) /


great merriment or delight, often caused by someone else's misfortune
a type of song originating in 18th-century England, sung by three or more unaccompanied voicesCompare madrigal (def. 1)

Word Origin for glee

Old English gléo; related to Old Norse glӯ
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Word Origin and History for gleed



Old English gliu, gliw "entertainment, mirth, jest, play, sport," presumably from a Proto-Germanic *gleujam but absent in other Germanic languages except for the rare Old Norse gly "joy;" probably related to glad. A poetry word in Old English and Middle English, obsolete c.1500-c.1700, it somehow found its way back to currency late 18c. In Old English, an entertainer was a gleuman (female gleo-mægden). Glee club (1814) is from the secondary sense of "unaccompanied part-song" (1650s) as a form of musical entertainment.

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