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 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 Welsh giant, Davies is a prolific screenwriter and showrunner, and a gleeful troublemaker. New York Times, "‘It’s a Sin’: Sex, Adventure and Loss in 1980s London," 7 Feb. 2021 Arenado paraded around the bases, and his gleeful teammates mugged him at the plate as Melancon and Co. walked off in humiliation after getting swept in four games at Coors Field. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, "Giants remain NL West underdogs after Nolan Arenado trade. But there's hope," 4 Feb. 2021 Hopkins makes the most of this wide-ranging role, in which his character (also called Anthony) slips from grouchy to gleeful to domineering to forlorn while his daughter (Olivia Colman) tries to manage his decline. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Top Ten Best Movies of 2020," 31 Dec. 2020 The young man’s gleeful declaration began spreading through his neighbors’ Facebook feeds Jan. 7, the day after President Trump incited a mob of rabid followers to invade the U.S. Capitol. Washington Post, "A small town seethes after learning one of its own joined the Capitol’s mob," 16 Jan. 2021 It’s a gleaming empire of fascist enthusiasm and panicked optimism goosed by the gleeful chanting of New Age aphorisms and impossible sales goals. Washington Post, "Mateo Askaripour’s ‘Black Buck’ is an irresistible comic novel about the tenacity of racism in corporate America," 4 Jan. 2021 In a year when so many brown and Black faces went viral because of police violence caught on video, Apodaca offered gleeful respite. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the top Latino media moments of 2020 — and hints of what to expect in 2021," 31 Dec. 2020 In the original tale, John Henry is almost Christlike in his willingness, if not gleeful, in sacrificing his own body. Akilah Johnson, ProPublica, "How COVID-19 Hollowed Out a Generation of Young Black Men," 22 Dec. 2020 First, a thoroughgoing commitment to absurdity; the plot is gleeful nonsense. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, "How Leonora Carrington Feminized Surrealism," 21 Dec. 2020

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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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22 Feb 2021

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“Gleeful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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