adjective Date: 1586 full of glee ; merry <
gleeful laughter
gleefully adverbgleefulness noun

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  • gleeful — 1580s, from GLEE (Cf. glee) + FUL (Cf. ful). Related: Gleefully. Alternative gleesome attested from c.1600 …   Etymology dictionary

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  • gleeful — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ exuberantly or triumphantly joyful. DERIVATIVES gleefully adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • gleeful — [glē′səmglē′fəl] adj. full of glee; merry: also Now Rare gleesome [glē′səm] gleefully adv. gleefulness n …   English World dictionary

  • gleeful — [[t]gli͟ːfʊl[/t]] ADJ GRADED Someone who is gleeful is happy and excited, often because of someone else s bad luck. [WRITTEN] He took an almost gleeful delight in showing how wrong they can be. Derived words: gleefully ADV GRADED ADV with v I… …   English dictionary

  • gleeful — glee|ful [ˈgli:fəl] adj very excited and satisfied ▪ a gleeful laugh >gleefully adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gleeful — glee|ful [ glifl ] adjective happy and excited, often because of someone else s bad luck: She gave a gleeful chuckle. ╾ glee|ful|ly adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • gleeful — adjective the gleeful bunch over there must have been rooting for the Patriots Syn: delighted, pleased, joyful, happy, glad, overjoyed, elated, euphoric; amused, mirthful, merry, exuberant; jubilant; informal over the moon …   Thesaurus of popular words

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