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

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Also, as visceral and homicidal as Dourif’s vocals are, Hamill takes it to the next level, giving Chucky a heartfelt bent at first that twists into gleeful evil as the doll goes off the rails and hatches a superstore showdown with his human enemies. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Who's scarier in 'Child's Play': The original Chucky or Mark Hamill's devil doll?," 20 June 2019 But my baptism came on a gleeful school trip to north Wales spent bouldering among the granite crannies of Snowdonia. National Geographic, "Why the world’s most daunting mountains inspire me," 11 Apr. 2019 Underneath the gleeful horror is a commentary on our dependence and the interconnectivity of our devices. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, "New ‘Child’s Play’ full of seriously scary fun," 20 June 2019 With moves inspired by the Three Stooges, the low clowns are riotously played with a gleeful gravitas by Silas Cooper as Dogberry, Aubrey Brummett as Verges, and Adolfo Rodriguez and Sarah Durn as the Watch., "Wittiness and romance make ‘Much Ado’ quite something at Tulane Shakespeare Fest," 19 June 2019 Even the kind and generous drag queen Angel, played with gusto and charisma by Javon King, introduces herself with a gleeful rap about having just murdered somebody’s pet dog. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Musical ‘Rent’ back in SF, still stuck in the ’90s," 17 June 2019 That would be peppy and gleeful Ann Kraemer, scion of a longtime California farming family who with her father bought the property in 2001 and began to cultivate it to vines in 2003. Mike Dunne,, "Inside the remote, peculiar vineyard behind Amador’s most acclaimed wines," 5 June 2019 Some in gleeful anticipation, and others with dread. Jackie Bischof, Quartz, "Who is welcoming Donald Trump’s UK visit—and who is wary," 2 June 2019 As a stylist and culture critic, Owens is neither a stone-cold killer nor a gleeful nihilist, traits embraced by some of her peers. David Salle, The New York Review of Books, "David Salle," 9 May 2019

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First Known Use of gleeful

1586, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gleeful was in 1586

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