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 More often, its humor lands at the intersection of gleeful, irreverent and juvenile. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Aug. 2022 Hitler Halloween costume was positively Ramonesian in its gleeful bad taste—but South Park also shares punk’s slapdash production values. Chris Norris, SPIN, 13 Aug. 2022 Oliver noted the obvious parallels with U.S. officials’ willful — and in some cases gleeful — neglect of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. Ky Henderson, Rolling Stone, 8 Aug. 2022 The gleeful couple tell me it’s as if they’d been whisked to Paisley Park, Prince’s private estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 July 2022 Forty miles north of home, as a gleeful crowd squished like sardines on King/Drew’s home basketball court to watch LeBron James bully Drew League players for an afternoon, the Golden Eagles’ football team did its best to create its own buzz. Luca Evans, Los Angeles Times, 17 July 2022 Aiming for something aligned with Bridget Jones and Bridgerton, but with none of their gleeful creativity or lusty passion, Persuasion takes no real risks and reaps no rewards. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 16 July 2022 At the opposite extreme, Patina Miller’s Witch dispenses her world-weary savvy with a certain gleeful relish, delighting in her role as a bully who is as needy and fragile as everyone else. Naveen Kumar, Variety, 10 July 2022 Her gleeful, bright presence throughout the ballet was a relief. New York Times, 15 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of gleeful

1586, in the meaning defined above

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“Gleeful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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