gladness

glad

1 [glad]
adjective, gladder, gladdest.
1.
feeling joy or pleasure; delighted; pleased: glad about the good news; glad that you are here.
2.
accompanied by or causing joy or pleasure: a glad occasion; glad tidings.
3.
characterized by or showing cheerfulness, joy, or pleasure, as looks or utterances.
4.
very willing: I'll be glad to give him your message.
verb (used with object), gladded, gladding.
5.
Archaic. to make glad.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English glæd; cognate with Old Norse glathr bright, glad, Dutch glad, German glatt smooth; akin to Latin glaber smooth

gladly, adverb
gladness, noun


1. elated, gratified, contented. 3. merry, joyous, joyful, cheerful, happy, cheery.


1–3. sad.
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glad1 (ɡlæd)
 
adj (foll by to) (foll by of) , gladder, gladdest
1.  happy and pleased; contented
2.  causing happiness or contentment
3.  very willing: he was glad to help
4.  happy or pleased to have: glad of her help
 
vb , gladder, gladdest, glads, gladding, gladded
5.  an archaic word for gladden
 
[Old English glǣd; related to Old Norse glathr, Old High German glat smooth, shining, Latin glaber smooth, Lithuanian glodùs fitting closely]
 
'gladly1
 
adv
 
'gladness1
 
n

glad2 (ɡlæd)
 
n
informal short for gladiolus Also called (Austral): gladdie

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glad
O.E. glæd "bright, shining, joyous," from P.Gmc. *glathaz (cf. O.N. glaðr "smooth, bright, glad," O.Fris. gled, Du. glad "slippery," Ger. glatt "smooth"), from PIE *ghledho- "bright, smooth" (cf. L. glaber "smooth, bald," O.C.S. gladuku, Lith. glodus "smooth"), from PIE base *ghlei- "to shine,
glitter, glow, be warm" (see gleam). The modern sense is much weaker. Gladden is O.E. gladian "be glad, make glad" + -en. Slang glad rags "one's best clothes" first recorded 1902. Glad hand "the hand of welcome" (often used cynically) is from 1895.
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