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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On a show that makes gleeful sport of onscreen death, Martell's remains one of the most gruesome in GoT history. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pedro Pascal Was Out of Control at the Game of Thrones Premiere," 5 Apr. 2019 Expressing this anger meant being met by a lot of gleeful laughter from Trump voters. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Should You Attend the Women's March?," 16 Jan. 2019 Various anonymous comments by Republican consultants, almost gleeful in tone, underscore that guess. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "Violence That Changes Everything—and Nothing," 29 Oct. 2018 That makes Crazy Ex-Girlfriend sound like a depressing show, but somehow, its mix of heavy subject matter and quirky musical numbers makes for something downright gleeful. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The CW embraces musical comedy in this brilliant gem.," 20 Nov. 2018 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

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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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