glee·​ful | \ ˈglē-fəl How to pronounce gleeful (audio) \

Definition of gleeful

: full of glee : merry gleeful laughter

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Other Words from gleeful

gleefully \ ˈglē-​fə-​lē How to pronounce gleefully (audio) \ adverb
gleefulness noun

Examples of gleeful in a Sentence

the gleeful atmosphere that envelops the host city of the Super Bowl
Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, outside the palace, royal fans are puzzled, anti-monarchy forces are gleeful, and a media maelstrom may be building. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "What are Harry and Meghan thinking? They don't want to be 'senior royals' anymore?," 8 Jan. 2020 Archie’s sole public showing was also a rare public appearance by ailing Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who greeted the baby with a gleeful smile and a gentle kiss on the forehead. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Prince Harry lashes out at UK press for treatment of Meghan," 2 Oct. 2019 Not helping anyone's emotional maturity, really, but certainly a gleeful 2:29 of self-defeating self-indulgence. -- A.U. 70. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Greatest Music Videos of the 2010s: Staff Picks," 26 Nov. 2019 With all due respect, Madame Speaker—some of us think this is very gleeful! Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “Lock Him Up!”," 3 Nov. 2019 This means, at the least, that The Politician is a contradiction in terms — no one in American history was less gleeful than Nixon. Tom Gliatto,, "The Politician Review: Ryan Murphy's Netflix Series Feels Like a Glee Episode About Richard Nixon," 27 Sep. 2019 Take a look at the recent share price performance of handset makers and there’s not much left to be gleeful about. Tim Culpan | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "The New Tech Paradigm Won’t Save You," 4 Sep. 2019 There is a sense of entitlement to people’s trauma and a kind of gleeful armchair detective work that doesn’t come with the gravitas of the situation. Eric Todisco,, "Amanda Knox and Lorena Bobbitt Reveal Friendship: 'We Are Human Beings' and 'Have a Lot in Common'," 12 Nov. 2019 Russians, too, are taking gleeful selfies in abandoned American bases. The Economist, "Donald Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds is a blow to America’s credibility," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of gleeful

1586, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jan 2020

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“Gleeful.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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