gleed

[gleed]

Origin of gleed

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

glee

2
[glee]Scot. and North England
verb (used without object)
  1. to squint or look with one eye.
noun
  1. a squint.
  2. an imperfect eye, especially one with a cast.

Origin of glee

2
1250–1300; Middle English glien, gleen; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse gljā to shine
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Examples from the Web for gleed

Historical Examples of gleed

  • Jest at that minnit, who shed come right into the gleed but Marian herself!

  • To shoot and dine with him was to see Gleed at his very best.

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    E. W. Hornung

  • Gleed shrugged again, but this time there was no accompanying smile.

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  • Gleed carried it like a gentleman, also the port that followed, though a little inclined to be garrulous about the latter.

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    E. W. Hornung

  • Gleed had fully intended doing so, but the scornful suggestion killed the thought, and for once he had no last word.

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British Dictionary definitions for gleed

gleed

noun
  1. archaic, or dialect a burning ember or hot coal

Word Origin for gleed

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

glee

noun
  1. great merriment or delight, often caused by someone else's misfortune
  2. 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

glee

n.

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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