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Glad \Glad\ (gl[a^]d), a. [Compar. Gladder; superl. Gladdest.] [AS. gl[ae]d bright, glad; akin to D. glad smooth, G. glatt, OHG. glat smooth, shining, Icel. gla[eth]r glad, bright, Dan. & Sw. glad glad, Lith. glodas smooth, and prob. to L. glaber, and E. glide. Cf. Glabrous.]

  1. Pleased; joyous; happy; cheerful; gratified; -- opposed to sorry, sorrowful, or unhappy; -- said of persons, and often followed by of, at, that, or by the infinitive, and sometimes by with, introducing the cause or reason.

    A wise son maketh a glad father.
    --Prov. x. 1.

    He that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.
    --Prov. xvii. 5.

    The Trojan, glad with sight of hostile blood.

    He, glad of her attention gained.

    As we are now glad to behold your eyes.

    Glad am I that your highness is so armed.

    Glad on 't, glad of it. [Colloq.]

  2. Wearing a gay or bright appearance; expressing or exciting joy; producing gladness; exhilarating.

    Her conversation More glad to me than to a miser money is.
    --Sir P. Sidney.

    Glad evening and glad morn crowned the fourth day.

    Syn: Pleased; gratified; exhilarated; animated; delighted; happy; cheerful; joyous; joyful; cheering; exhilarating; pleasing; animating.

    Usage: Glad, Delighted, Gratified. Delighted expresses a much higher degree of pleasure than glad. Gratified always refers to a pleasure conferred by some human agent, and the feeling is modified by the consideration that we owe it in part to another. A person may be glad or delighted to see a friend, and gratified at the attention shown by his visits.


Gladder \Glad"der\, n. One who makes glad.


Etymology 1

  1. (en-comparative of: glad) Etymology 2

    n. One who makes glad or gives joy. Etymology 3


  2. (context transitive English) To make glad; rejoice.


See glad

  1. adj. showing or causing joy and pleasure; especially made happy; "glad you are here"; "glad that they succeeded"; "gave a glad shout"; "a glad smile"; "heard the glad news"; "a glad occasion" [ant: sad]

  2. (`lief' is archaic) very willing; "was lief to go"; "glad to help" [syn: lief(p)]

  3. feeling happy appreciation; "glad of the fire's warmth"

  4. cheerful and bright; "a beaming smile"; "a glad May morning" [syn: beaming]

  5. [also: gladdest, gladder]

Usage examples of "gladder".

Right glad was the traveller to see the high tower of Christchurch Priory gleaming in the mellow evening light, and gladder still when, on rounding a corner, he came upon his comrades of the morning seated astraddle upon a fallen tree.

The old soldiers of Crecy, of Nogent, and of Poictiers were glad to think that they might hear the war-trumpet once more, and gladder still were the hot youth who had chafed for years under the martial tales of their sires.

After I did, I was glad of it, and gladder still to be wrapped in a thick cotton robe, clean and blessedly dry.

All the same, Krispos fingered his thick, dark, curly beard, gladder than glad he could grow it.

He just knew he was gladder with it than he would have been without it.

And even without the compliment, she was gladder than she could say to have that rascal back here.

Quinton Bentley, who was no gladder to see her than she was to see him.

Marcus was gladder to have him in the wedding party than Arigh was to be there.

I was glad to turn the corner to the kitchen wing, and gladder still to put a door between him and me.

Holly did not want to talk about having a baby, even gladder that she did not want to talk about Fizzy.

Brutus said again, taking a step forward, his heart gladder than he could have thought possible.

The more beautiful my days, the more crowded with effective labor my life, the gladder and serener my soul the loftier also are the exaltations and transports of my nights, the more glorious the scenes I behold, the more beneficent the moods and the influences I undergo.

For he was no farmer, but he made himself over into one, and never was poet or painter gladder in his trade.

If I were destined, indeed, to walk to the scaffold, it seemed that I could do it with a better grace and a gladder courage now.