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
Recent Examples on the Web Swan’s seemingly gleeful tone during the interview was strongly criticized. Washington Post, "Axios’s Jonathan Swan is the latest interviewer to leave Trump grasping on TV," 4 Aug. 2020 The gleeful anti-Muslim banter only grew from there. Robert Peck, Wired, "The Hate-Fueled Rise of r/The_Donald—and Its Epic Takedown," 3 Aug. 2020 On Sunday, Jennifer Garner proudly showed off her sky-high sunflowers, posing with the tall yellow plants in a gleeful Instagram post. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "Jennifer Garner Smiles as She Proudly Shows Off Her Gigantic Sunflowers: 'Come on, July'," 13 July 2020 But then the registration lady's scrutiny breaks into gleeful recognition. Seija Rankin,, "Get a first look at Ryan La Sala's anticipated sophomore novel, Be Dazzled," 18 June 2020 Video and photos taken outside the arena show Trump supporters gleeful with excitement for the president's first rally since January. Dominick Mastrangelo, Washington Examiner, "Dozens line up outside Tulsa arena days before weekend Trump rally," 18 June 2020 Their youngest, little Prince Louis, turned 2 last week, and the Cambridges celebrated by releasing five new snaps of the tyke looking gleeful with his hands covered in colorful finger paint. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Happy 5th birthday, Princess Charlotte! Palace releases new photos of Will and Kate's daughter," 1 May 2020 The holidays can be a time of gleeful surprise, gratitude, wrapping paper disasters or family mishaps. Elizabeth Montgomery, azcentral, "New themes, dates and season tickets for 2020 Arizona Storytellers shows," 26 Nov. 2019 Rose does us the favor of making this realization feel more gleeful than upsetting. Nitsuh Abebe, New York Times, "New Sentences: From ‘Getting to Me,’ by Caroline Rose," 11 Apr. 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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8 Aug 2020

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“Gleeful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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