verb (used with object)

  1. to greet warmly.
  2. to greet in an insincerely effusive manner.

verb (used without object)

  1. to greet others with enthusiasm, especially feigned enthusiasm: The candidate spent weeks glad-handing around the state.

noun Informal.

  1. a hearty welcome or enthusiastic reception, especially one that is effusive or hypocritical: Visiting dignitaries were being given the glad hand.


    1. a welcoming hand
    2. a welcome

verb glad-hand

  1. (tr) to welcome by or as if by offering a hand

1895, in verbal phrase to give the glad hand “extend a welcome.” As a verb, attested from 1903 (also gladhand). Often used cynically.

A warm and hearty but often insincere welcome or greeting, as in Politicians are apt to give the glad hand to one and all. [Slang; late 1800s]

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