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[glee-fuh l] /ˈgli fəl/
full of exultant joy; merry; delighted.
1580-90; glee1 + -ful
Related forms
gleefully, adverb
gleefulness, noun
ungleeful, adjective
ungleefully, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gleefully
  • The host parents had rented a petting zoo for the day, and kids jumped gleefully in a bouncy castle out in the driveway.
  • Librarians gleefully putting up displays of banned books.
  • gleefully, they spend hours immersed in their rampage.
  • In countless magazines and newspapers everything about her was both breathlessly reported and gleefully parodied.
  • Even his failed work conveys a bursting, gleefully contrarian spirit.
  • gleefully, they lambasted vegetarians for their now undermined eco-smugness.
  • Gossip columns, read by the millions, gleefully speculate upon prospective divorces among the well-known.
  • Sitting side by side with a guest, he gleefully tosses away his note cards and actually engages in conversation.
  • Unfortunately the drawing contained several errors, which the readers gleefully pointed out in a deluge of mail.
  • gleefully ferreting out laundry from under the neighbor's bed is another.
British Dictionary definitions for gleefully


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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