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

Definition of gleeful

: full of glee : merry gleeful laughter

Other Words from gleeful

gleefully \ ˈglē-​fə-​lē How to pronounce gleeful (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 The world’s 13th biggest economy is going strong, as exemplified by Morrison’s gleeful announcement this week that unemployment had dropped to the lowest level in half a century. Michael E. Miller, Washington Post, 20 May 2022 In high, tremulous voices, the Sisters of the Holy Family were chanting their midday prayers when a child’s gleeful shout echoed from a nearby corridor, punctuating the solemn incantation. Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2022 The problem is the reflexive assumption that Depp is being wronged, along with the gleeful way social media is harassing the woman who accused him of violence. NBC News, 5 May 2022 Ozark is a show with a body count not for the faint of heart, and its gleeful willingness to knock off main characters, often in deliciously shocking fashion, is part of its appeal. David Faris, The Week, 29 Apr. 2022 There’s a gleeful misanthropy that runs throughout your music. Andy O'connor, SPIN, 19 Apr. 2022 The women quickly rallied around to offer words of admiration for Minkoff’s honesty, but why was their initial reaction to her weight loss so giddy and gleeful? Michelle Konstantinovsky, Glamour, 26 Feb. 2022 North Korean leader Kim authorized and oversaw the test, state media announced Friday, along with photos and videos of a gleeful Kim. Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2022 Arizona guard Dalen Terry lobbed up the basketball toward the rim and watched his 7-foot-1 teammate swoop in, grab it out of the air and dunk it, prompting Terry to whirl around and flash his teeth in a gleeful grin. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of gleeful

1586, in the meaning defined above

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29 May 2022

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“Gleeful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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