[ glee-fuhl-ee ]
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  1. with exultant, often mischievous joy or delight; merrily: My little niece snapped a photo of her mama and gleefully showed us the image she just captured.

Origin of gleefully

First recorded in 1730–40; gleeful + -ly

Other words from gleefully

  • un·glee·ful·ly, adverb

Words Nearby gleefully Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use gleefully in a sentence

  • The wing of the GOP that favors corporate business over free markets has gleefully worked against union interests at every turn.

  • Then she set a second, and a third, holding up her grimy fingers gleefully.

    The Idyl of Twin Fires | Walter Prichard Eaton
  • Then Richard swung his wife into the saddle, and Rollo pranced gleefully as he took the road with his precious burden.

    God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
  • They rode across the plain, singing their war songs, and old Ghost Bear cackled gleefully as he heard them.

    Three Sioux Scouts | Elmer Russell Gregor
  • And the little boy, not understanding, repeated gleefully and senselessly, "It's dadda; it's dadda."

    The Relief of Mafeking | Filson Young
  • "I can hear the cheering in the Republican camp this morning," remarked another voice gleefully.

    A Hoosier Chronicle | Meredith Nicholson