glee·​ful | \ˈglē-fəl \

Definition of gleeful 

: full of glee : merry gleeful laughter

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Other Words from gleeful

gleefully \ˈglē-​fə-​lē \ 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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These days the emotional timbre of the Steyer house oscillates between the dire and the gleeful: The world is a wreck, but we are so pumped up about saving it! Rob Haskell, Vogue, "Billionaire Democrat Tom Steyer on Impeaching Trump, Getting Out the Vote, and Winning in 2020," 14 Nov. 2018 Here’s the thing, though, that the gleeful #FireKidd crowd is missing: The players bear at least 50% of the blame for this mess. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: Bucks players share in the blame for Jason Kidd's firing," 23 Jan. 2018 Your anger or indignation or gleeful schadenfreude is only one drop in a great countrywide wave of it. Steven Hyden, New York Times, "Is the National ‘Mood’ the One in Polls or the One Online?," 2 July 2018 Left-leaning lawmakers, environmentalists, and watchdog groups were gleeful at the news, given both Pruitt’s ethical lapses and his work to roll back Obama-era environmental regulations. Alana Abramson, Time, "EPA Head Scott Pruitt Resigns After Months of High-Profile Scandals," 5 July 2018 On Wednesday, the New York debut of Gabe Stone Shayer in the same role was impressive: less gleeful, with a touch more menace, only smudging minor details in the death scene. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "4 Buzzy ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Debuts, 1 Fainthearted Production," 15 June 2018 Instead the evening felt much closer to Green Day’s former tenure at Berkeley’s storied 924 Gilman, with plenty of crowd-surfing, flying elbows and an aura of gleeful mayhem. Zack Ruskin,, "Billie Joe Armstrong performs as the Longshot, celebrates punk roots at sold-out homecoming show," 10 July 2018 The second incident came when journalists at the left-leaning Splinter news organization acquired and published the cell phone number of Stephen Miller, a senior White House advisor and gleeful foe of immigration. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "Immigration Fight Shows Silicon Valley Must Stop Feigning Neutrality," 8 July 2018 The Trump administration represents the apotheosis of this trend, and Farrow's final chapters focus on Trump's gleeful dismantling of what remains of America's diplomatic apparatus. Rosa Brooks,, "An elegy for American diplomacy," 21 May 2018

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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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