follow Dictionary.com

11 Trending Words of 2014

glad hand

noun, Informal.
1.
a hearty welcome or enthusiastic reception, especially one that is effusive or hypocritical:
Visiting dignitaries were being given the glad hand.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for glad hands'

glad hand

noun
1.
  1. a welcoming hand
  2. a welcome
verb
2.
(transitive) to welcome by or as if by offering a hand
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for glad hands'

glad hand

n.

1895, in verbal phrase to give the glad hand "extend a welcome." As a verb, attested from 1903 (also gladhand). Often used cynically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with glad hands'

glad hand

A warm and hearty but often insincere welcome or greeting, as in Politicians are apt to give the glad hand to one and all. [ ; late 1800s ]
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for glad hand

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for glad

6
8
Scrabble Words With Friends