Definitions

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

  • adj. Full of jubilant delight; joyful.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Exuberantly or triumphantly joyful.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Merry; gay; joyous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Actively merry; gay; joyous.

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

  • adj. full of high-spirited delight

Etymologies

glee +‎ -ful (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We were all around his age — pre-pubescent, and reedy-voiced and when we sang along to the song — no knock on Jermaine, Jackie and the rest — but it was Michael's parts we sang in gleeful, screechy unison.

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  • I had forgotten about his magical place where the sun shines every day, the grass is still green, where rhododendrons, impatiens, and geraniums blossom in gleeful profusion.

    2009 January « Becca’s Byline

  • But then to suddenly find themselves in gleeful agreement with the right in declaring the death of the mainstream media when it fails to endorse a cause du jour.

    Sound Politics: Understanding Newspaper Endorsements

  • I was with the woman who was my mate, picnicking in gleeful abandon.

    Chapter XXX

  • I rubbed my bruised brow and gazed with reproachful inquiry at Paul, who was laughing in gleeful, boyish fashion.

    The Shadow and the Flash

  • Amma released Salman’s arm and waddled up to Nazia, her expression gleeful.

    Beneath My Mother’s Feet

  • The tone of the e-mail, she says, was "gleeful" -- her cousin was happy that "they were shooting n&%ggers."

    Harry Shearer: New Orleans Faces "The Nation"

  • But they’re rubbing their hands in gleeful anticipation of 30+ million more customers to rob, this time by the force of law.

    Matthew Yglesias » Endgame

  • She raised her shoulders to her ears and her expression became gleeful.

    Winter Bloom

  • And I have to admit, I love the idea of gleeful little girls microwaving Barbies to death.

    Alas, a blog » 2005 » December

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