from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a gleeful manner; merrily; gaily.

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  • adverb joyfully

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

  • adverb in a joyous and gleeful manner


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  • By 2004 they owned the party and applied the term gleefully to the Last Surviving Republican Moderates, Susan Collins and Olympia Snow.

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  • So, for example, in the sentence “I am gleefully wacky,” gleefully is an adverb because it modifies an adjective (wacky).

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  • Sterling ended the session by reading gleefully from a news report about a riot in Chiapas that started with a raid by the police on some vendors of pirated software, hinting perhaps at real consumer price wars in our future.

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  • She caught herself using the word gleefully and felt ashamed.

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  • She caught herself using the word gleefully and felt ashamed.

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  • But he was; she heard his shrill voice calling her name gleefully and turned round once more to see the boat gliding away at a great rate with him waving from a seat in the middle.

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  • For the record, let's consider the Fannie and Freddie debacle: Barney Frank in 2003 said that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were not facing any kind of financial crisis ... then we have Bill Clinton who asserted that Democrats resisted standards for two institutions ... on the top of that we now have Obama who is a top recipient of Freddie and Fannie lobbies pushing for no-doc loans, nothing-down houses, equity-line hustles, phony appraisals, in short gleefully shaking the money tree in every direction they could.

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  • "A fortnight, then," Gord called gleefully over his shoulder.

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  • She greeted the word like a new toy and, for the next three weeks, everyone and everything in her life had the r-word gleefully applied to them, from her brother to contestants on Strictly Come Dancing. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Now under the influence of a homemade hallucinogenic substance, Oscar is making another impression altogether whether he's singing and smiling gleefully, which is spooking the guests at such a somber affair, or threatening to jump from the rooftop (while naked, of course) because he mistakenly thinks that Elaine is cheating on him. - Home


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