\ ˈglad-ˌhand How to pronounce glad-hand (audio) \
glad-handed; glad-handing; glad-hands

Definition of glad-hand

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transitive verb

: to extend a glad hand to candidates glad-handing everyone they meet

intransitive verb

: to extend a glad hand glad-handing as if he were running for mayor

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Definition of glad hand (Entry 2 of 2)

: a warm welcome or greeting often prompted by ulterior reasons

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glad-hander \ ˈglad-​ˌhan-​dər How to pronounce glad hand (audio) \ noun

Examples of glad-hand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His medium, his material, is human frailty, the near end of original sin, and the tools of his trade are the glad hand, the scratched back, the padded envelope, the cut corner, and the jumped line. James Parker, The Atlantic, "How Michael Clayton Presaged 2017," 5 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of glad-hand


1903, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


circa 1895, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of glad-hand was circa 1895

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“Glad-hand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of glad-hand

: to give a friendly welcome or greeting to (people) as a way of getting approval

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