from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Causing or showing gladness or joy: a gladsome occasion; a gladsome smile.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. happy, joyous, or light-hearted.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pleased; joyful; cheerful.
  • adj. Causing joy, pleasure, or cheerfulness; having the appearance of gayety; pleasing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Open; clear.
  • Glad; joyful; cheerful.
  • Making glad; causing joy, pleasure, or cheerfulness; pleasing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. experiencing or expressing gladness or joy


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  • He had himself done so in the "Evening Walk," and corrects his epithets to suit his later judgment, putting "gladsome" for "boding," and replacing

    Among My Books Second Series

  • He also made clear to her that he wanted a “gladsome bride” when he returned.

    Wild Bill Donovan

  • Even in the mid-nineteenth century, by which time dentistry was rapidly improving and laughing gas even offered the gladsome prospect of anesthesia, a visit to the dentist was still dreaded, as indeed it is still by many people today.

    The chair

  • "It does not matter whether one talks wisdom or nonsense, the case is the same, the bulk of the enjoyment lies in the wagging of the gladsome jaw and the flapping of the sympathetic ear."

    A Mississippian Flood

  • Come, mother mine, and join the dance, link thy steps with me, and circle in the gladsome measure, now here, now there.

    The Trojan Women

  • Libyan flute was sounding, and Phrygian songs awoke, while maidens beat the ground with airy foot, uplifting their gladsome song; and in the halls

    The Trojan Women

  • O chiefest splendour of our gladsome Bacchic sport, with what joy I see thee in my loneliness!

    The Bacchantes

  • Were it not that thy grey hairs protected thee, thou shouldst sit in chains amid the Bacchanals, for introducing knavish mysteries; for where the gladsome grape is found at women's feasts, I deny that their rites have any longer good results.

    The Bacchantes

  • But at the hour when gladsome dawn shines from heaven, rising from the east, and the paths stand out clearly, and the dewy plains shine with a bright gleam, then at length they were aware that unwittingly they had abandoned those men.

    The Argonautica

  • Good to be able to join in with full-throated enthusiasm, however, for the familiar Credo and Pater Noster - a cathedral full of Latin chant is a gladsome thing.

    London on a summer Sunday...


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