glad

1 of 3

adjective

gladder; gladdest
1
a
: experiencing pleasure, joy, or delight : made happy
b
: very willing
glad to do it
c
: made pleased, satisfied, or grateful
often used with of
was glad of their help
2
a
: marked by, expressive of, or caused by happiness and joy
a glad shout
b
: causing happiness and joy : pleasant
glad tidings
3
: full of brightness and cheerfulness
a glad spring morning
4
archaic : having a cheerful or happy disposition by nature
gladly adverb
gladness noun

glad

2 of 3

verb

gladded; gladding
archaic

glad

3 of 3

noun

Example Sentences

Adjective We're glad you could come. I'll be glad to answer any questions you may have. The mail brought glad news from our friends in England. We've been through some sad times and some glad times. Verb it hath gladded my heart to see thy face again
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
As a business who has worked to create a community of inclusion, Alex and I found Tyka's actions to be reprehensible and are glad he's being held accountable by the community and his former business partners. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 24 Nov. 2022 However people feel about Irving, the Nets' executives and his teammates were glad to have him back. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 21 Nov. 2022 Many were glad that the village can finally move on and make the site useful again. Xiaofei Xu, CNN, 21 Nov. 2022 Or, spread the glad tidings to those around you by adding one to your Christmas card messages. Julia Ludlam, Country Living, 18 Nov. 2022 The workers are also glad to talk about their faith and belief in the truth of the Medjugorje visions. al, 17 Nov. 2022 Michelle Pasquali of Lincoln Park was glad to be in the homestretch after getting in line around 8 a.m. and finally reaching the unloading area an hour and a half later. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 18 Oct. 2022 Senior lineman Ronald Glockler is just glad to be on the field for Stagg. Jeff Vorva, Chicago Tribune, 27 Sep. 2022 Warren, too, felt protective her fictional daughter, The Crown's final Queen Elizabeth, Imelda Staunton, and was glad the actress had a few days off following the monarch's passing. Town & Country, 9 Nov. 2022
Noun
Flowering plants, including glads, aren’t treasured for their leaves. oregonlive, 14 Mar. 2020 Wow, what a year for flowers: peonies, dahlias, glads, ligularias — and most others for that matter. Jeff Lowenfels, Alaska Dispatch News, 4 Aug. 2017 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective and Verb

Middle English, shining, glad, from Old English glæd; akin to Old High German glat shining, smooth, Latin glaber smooth, bald

First Known Use

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of glad was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near glad

Cite this Entry

“Glad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glad. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

glad

adjective

ˈglad
gladder; gladdest
1
a
: experiencing pleasure, joy, or delight : made happy
glad things turned out well
b
: made pleased, satisfied, or grateful
was glad of their help
c
: very willing
glad to do it
2
a
: marked by, expressive of, or caused by happiness
a glad shout
b
: causing happiness and joy : pleasant
glad tidings
3
: full of brightness and cheerfulness
a glad spring morning
gladly adverb
gladness noun

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