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[glee-fuh l] /ˈgli fəl/
full of exultant joy; merry; delighted.
Origin of gleeful
1580-90; glee1 + -ful
Related forms
gleefully, adverb
gleefulness, noun
ungleeful, adjective
ungleefully, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gleeful
  • gleeful means someone who is so happy that they feel a little silly or giggly.
  • gleeful toasting all around, then quickly back to racking.
  • We tried to tell the publics that they were next when they were so gleeful that the for-profits were getting hammered.
  • But his gleeful emptying of state coffers has also made inflation surge.
  • Far from being the grave and soulful songbird which his gleeful enemies used to lampoon.
  • In songs that patter, jokes that wink with gleeful wit, the tone is light.
  • The event is an ode to magic's time-honored and gleeful distortion of scientific and technological principals.
  • There was no returning to our illusions, no gleeful anticipation of combat action.
  • And he diverted a sudden gleeful kiss into a filial salute.
  • But they never find their own equivalent to his suave, sneaky-gleeful subversiveness.
British Dictionary definitions for gleeful


full of glee; merry
Derived Forms
gleefully, adverb
gleefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for gleeful

1580s, from glee + -ful. Related: Gleefully. Alternative gleesome attested from c.1600.

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