[glee-fuh l]
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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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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



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

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