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[glad-suh m] /ˈglæd səm/
giving or causing joy; delightful.
glad1 .
Origin of gladsome
1325-75; Middle English; see glad1, -some1
Related forms
gladsomely, adverb
gladsomeness, noun Unabridged
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  • The spring, with its freshness and promise, was symbolical of the gladsome currents of her life that joyous April and May.

    The Wind Before the Dawn Dell H. Munger
  • Nobody ever stopped him in the street to say, with gladsome looks, 'My dear Scrooge, how are you?

    A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
  • There the Spring was very charming, and the voice of the bird rare and gladsome.

  • It was a gladsome spectacle, and his eyes sparkled in beholding it.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • She was the promise of a future for me, as the morning star is of a gladsome day.

  • But, as Wordsworth reminds us, these ever-youthful waters have their gladsome notes.

    The Balladists John Geddie
  • When the gladsome breeder gets his wild-cat or coyote big enough to market, it is "heads I win, tails you lose."

    The New North Agnes Deans Cameron
  • Filled with their gladsome minstrelsy the depths of leafy gloom.

  • Instead of dim twilight, or hazy doubts or forebodings, the sunshine of the Divine Presence makes all things bright and gladsome.

  • It was all so gladsome, so beautiful, so free, that Joan laughed and skipped for joy.

    Two Little Travellers Frances Browne Arthur
British Dictionary definitions for gladsome


an archaic word for glad1
Derived Forms
gladsomely, adverb
gladsomeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for gladsome

late 14c., gladsum; see glad + -some (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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