gleeful

[ glee-fuh l ]
/ ˈgli fəl /

adjective

full of exultant joy; merry; delighted.

Nearby words

  1. glebe,
  2. glede,
  3. glee,
  4. glee club,
  5. gleed,
  6. gleefully,
  7. gleek,
  8. gleeman,
  9. gleen,
  10. gleenie

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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British Dictionary definitions for gleeful

gleeful

/ (ˈɡliːfʊl) /

adjective

full of glee; merry
Derived Formsgleefully, adverbgleefulness, noun

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Word Origin and History for gleeful

gleeful

adj.

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

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