One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a person) having a cheerful disposition.
- ‘These were my favourite times, sitting before him, gladsome and proud; his thick strong arm about me.’
- 1.1 Filled with, marked by, or causing pleasure.
- ‘Water came ‘to cheer the high and lowly,’ and ‘a gladsome shout from the mass goes out’ to welcome its arrival.’
- ‘He tells me Teddy may be headed for the priesthood and adds this gladsome note, ‘He drives the head of ‘campus ministry’ nuts, who has told Ted he is on a ‘crusade'.’
- ‘Athena stood there, tiredly shaking her head at his gladsome smirk, some simper that made it apparent he was trying to toy with her.’
- ‘Elaine made polite conversation over their gladsome cries.’
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