glad’s








noun

  1. gladiolus(def 1).

adjective gladder or gladdest

  1. happy and pleased; contented
  2. causing happiness or contentment
  3. (postpositive foll by to) very willinghe was glad to help
  4. (postpositive foll by of) happy or pleased to haveglad of her help

verb glads, gladding or gladded

  1. an archaic word for gladden

noun

  1. informal short for gladiolus Also called (Austral): gladdie (ˈɡlædɪ)
adj.

Old English glæd “bright, shining, joyous,” from Proto-Germanic *glada- (cf. Old Norse glaðr “smooth, bright, glad,” Danish glad “glad, joyful,” Old Saxon gladmod “glad,” Old Frisian gled “smooth,” Dutch glad “slippery,” German glatt “smooth”), from PIE *ghel- “to shine” (see glass). The modern sense is much weakened. Slang glad rags “one’s best clothes” first recorded 1902.

In addition to the idioms beginning with glad

  • glad hand
  • glad rags

also see:

  • give someone the once-over (glad eye)
  • not suffer fools gladly

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