glee·​ful ˈglē-fəl How to pronounce gleeful (audio)
: full of glee : merry
gleeful laughter
gleefully 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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Word History

First Known Use

1586, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gleeful was in 1586

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“Gleeful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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