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[glee-fuh l]
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  1. full of exultant joy; merry; delighted.
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Origin of gleeful

First recorded in 1580–90; glee1 + -ful
Related formsglee·ful·ly, adverbglee·ful·ness, nounun·glee·ful, adjectiveun·glee·ful·ly, adverb
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Related Words for gleeful

blithe, boon, cheerful, delighted, elated, exalted, exuberant, exultant, frolicsome, gay, hilarious, jocund, jolly, jovial, joyful, joyous, jubilant, lighthearted, merry, mirthful

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Historical Examples of gleeful

  • In the dance she was the nimblest, in mirth the most gleeful, and in beauty peerless.

  • "No, indeed," returned Dr. Sheepshanks, with a gleeful laugh.

    Funny Big Socks

    Sarah L. Barrow

  • She gave a gleeful chuckle as she recognized a dear, familiar script.

    Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer

    Jessie Graham Flower

  • "I'll bring her to you in a jiffy;" and the gleeful doctor departed on his errand.


    Effie Afton

  • From wondering sobriety Jewel's lips broke into a gleeful smile.


    Clara Louise Burnham

British Dictionary definitions for gleeful


  1. full of glee; merry
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Derived Formsgleefully, adverbgleefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for gleeful


1580s, from glee + -ful. Related: Gleefully. Alternative gleesome attested from c.1600.

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