Definition of glee in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Great delight, especially from one's own good fortune or another's misfortune.

    ‘his face lit up with impish glee’
    • ‘A lot of people are relishing this situation with glee and waiting to see what I'll do.’
    • ‘No doubt the ordinary citizens of England and Wales are rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect.’
    • ‘He jumps off the table and shouts with glee, thinking about the fortune waiting for him in the bank.’
    • ‘Just goes to show how people equate quality with price, he says with glee.’
    • ‘His phrasing is razor-sharp and should be served with relish and glee.’
    • ‘As she neared the end of the piece, a smile of glee and satisfaction began to appear on her face.’
    • ‘A true sociopath, he takes great glee in humiliating and injuring the inmates.’
    • ‘Between each new variation comes another burst of jubilant glee.’
    • ‘Her eyes went wide with delight as she spun around in glee, holding back a squeal.’
    • ‘This discovery fills him with such glee that he never tires of proclaiming it.’
    • ‘Of course, I'll be rubbing my hands in glee at the thought of work being closed Monday.’
    • ‘I will admit we took a certain joy or glee in being in on something that others did not seem to know about.’
    • ‘She is full of sudden excited glee; it is like a different person is in her, pushing against her own skin to get out of her.’
    • ‘Every hotel in the area is booked for election night as the media anticipate, some with glee, what might be the final act of his downfall.’
    • ‘Of course e-cards and virtual flowers are also welcome with great amounts of joy and glee.’
    • ‘His face, through the visor, was contorted in a weird grimace of glee as he brought the club down.’
    • ‘With childish glee, I discovered an exercise bike with a television screen attached to the front.’
    • ‘Too often their misfortunes are met with glee, a schadenfreude that is quite horrifying.’
    • ‘You can feel the enthusiasm as he delightedly chews every line for its last bit of glee and evil intent.’
    • ‘Some of the world's biggest arms manufacturers are rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of a war.’
    delight, pleasure, happiness, joy, joyfulness, gladness, elation, euphoria, exhilaration, cheerfulness, amusement, mirth, mirthfulness, merriment, joviality, jollity, jocularity
    excitement, animation, gaiety, high spirits, exuberance, verve, liveliness, triumph, jubilation, relish, satisfaction, gratification
    joyousness, jouissance
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  • 2A song for men's voices in three or more parts, usually unaccompanied, of a type popular especially c.1750–1830.

    • ‘Later, boys were paid to sing treble parts at meetings of glee clubs, and glees for SATB became more common.’
    • ‘Women were still restricted to the parlor, where they played keyboard instruments and the ‘English guitar’ and sang solos and a range of polite glees for upper and mixed voices.’
    • ‘Instrumental tutors were published and glees (simple part-songs for male voices) became popular.’


Old English glēo ‘entertainment, music, fun’, of Germanic origin.