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 His expression, which was something akin to gleeful astonishment, seemed to sum up the mood of many in England at the moment. Washington Post, 11 July 2021 In some cases, social media platforms have turned over incriminating posts that defendants tried to delete after their gleeful celebrations of the siege gave way to fears of being arrested., 6 July 2021 Thackray is not asking anyone to trade in their Strad for a slim-olin—one, after all, is not like the other—but, rather, to posit that the violin can be a tabula rasa for gleeful, impractical experimentation. Jennifer Gerste, The New Yorker, 2 July 2021 It’s in DeGeneres dancing with her audience and Kelly Clarkson putting guests at ease with a wide grin and self-deprecating story; in Cohen’s rapid, gleeful recall of celebrity minutia and Fallon’s low-stakes games. Ashley Spencer, Vulture, 28 June 2021 Some of it is world-building material that’s painfully obvious expositional stuff, sure: long explanations of how the TVA works, gleeful send-ups of bureaucratic nonsense, scenes that are mostly about sorting through paperwork. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 8 June 2021 Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch, with its title that sounds like a Renaissance schoolyard taunt, is, by contrast, about the all-too-certain among us, the gleeful stone-throwers. Hillary Kelly, Vulture, 7 June 2021 The final straw was seeing guard Reggie Jackson make a corner three-pointer to push the Clippers’ lead over the Dallas Mavericks to 24, then strut back into the arms of a gleeful, whooping bench. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2021 While Democrats are gleeful to see Republican infighting here (mostly over loyalty to Trump), Republicans feel pretty comfortable that any of their candidates would be good enough in a state that voted for Trump by 8 points last fall. Simone Pathe, CNN, 27 May 2021

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First Known Use of gleeful

1586, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jul 2021

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“Gleeful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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