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[glad] /glæd/
adjective, gladder, gladdest.
feeling joy or pleasure; delighted; pleased:
glad about the good news; glad that you are here.
accompanied by or causing joy or pleasure:
a glad occasion; glad tidings.
characterized by or showing cheerfulness, joy, or pleasure, as looks or utterances.
very willing:
I'll be glad to give him your message.
verb (used with object), gladded, gladding.
Archaic. to make glad.
Origin of glad1
before 900; Middle English; Old English glæd; cognate with Old Norse glathr bright, glad, Dutch glad, German glatt smooth; akin to Latin glaber smooth
Related forms
gladly, adverb
gladness, noun
1. elated, gratified, contented. 3. merry, joyous, joyful, cheerful, happy, cheery.
1–3. sad. Unabridged
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  • All of sudden the solar science is gladly embraced, models and all.
  • On a broader question, it's really interesting to me that some people will gladly ride light rail or streetcars, but not buses.
  • With little help from us, movie world will gladly follow the changes in the broader society if that means ticket sales.
  • Some people prefer a life of puffed up flummery, gladly ignoring the harm it inflicts on others.
  • These would gladly let buildings crash down on their occupants and then blame the dead and injured for being there.
  • Once you're back on solid ground, he'll gladly snap your picture and fillet your catch.
  • Unlike your children, your chickens will gladly eat their fruits and veggies.
  • The company will gladly take the money but any scandals or disasters or expensive legal cases will be lumped on the university.
  • The committee was aghast and would gladly have arranged for somebody to pick her up.
  • The university would gladly administer any grants they obtain.
British Dictionary definitions for gladly


adjective gladder, gladdest
happy and pleased; contented
causing happiness or contentment
(postpositive) foll by to. very willing: he was glad to help
(postpositive) foll by of. happy or pleased to have: glad of her help
verb glads, gladding, gladded
an archaic word for gladden
Derived Forms
gladly, adverb
gladness, noun
Word Origin
Old English glǣd; related to Old Norse glathr, Old High German glat smooth, shining, Latin glaber smooth, Lithuanian glodùs fitting closely


(informal) short for gladiolus Also called (Austral) gladdie (ˈɡlædɪ)
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Word Origin and History for gladly

Old English glædlice "joyfully, kindly, willingly;" see glad + -ly (2).



Old English glæd "bright, shining, joyous," from Proto-Germanic *glada- (cf. Old Norse glaðr "smooth, bright, glad," Danish glad "glad, joyful," Old Saxon gladmod "glad," Old Frisian gled "smooth," Dutch glad "slippery," German glatt "smooth"), from PIE *ghel- "to shine" (see glass). The modern sense is much weakened. Slang glad rags "one's best clothes" first recorded 1902.

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