Definition of gleeful in English:



  • Exuberantly or triumphantly joyful:

    ‘she gave a gleeful chuckle’
    • ‘He then gave me a maliciously gleeful look and walked over to the wall again.’
    • ‘I felt like a gleeful kid after a particularly lucrative Halloween expedition, and enacted the self-same rituals.’
    • ‘With a penetrable fourth wall, a spot of audience participation and plenty of gleeful nonsense, this is pantomime in all but dame.’
    • ‘The joyous screams, the gleeful yelps, and a happy, wagging tail added life to the peaceful, gentle beach.’
    • ‘Other displays mix genres and media with almost gleeful abandon.’
    • ‘I was especially gleeful because she was my primary school best friend.’
    • ‘Our curiosity was aroused by the gleeful squeals and ripples of bawdy laughter emanating from the crowd.’
    • ‘You've run with the pack in a gleeful stomp right on top of him.’
    • ‘Granted, the novel isn't gleeful, but there's enough levity to entertain the idea of lasting love.’
    • ‘The idea was that the perennially gleeful blond would travel to Scotland to source scallops and langoustines.’
    • ‘Now we have some professionally gleeful all-purpose presenter.’
    • ‘They were ambling joyfully, jumping, excited by the huge gleeful crowd.’
    • ‘The result is an intricate, gleeful conversation between eras, ideas and characters.’
    • ‘I feel like I have pulled one over on myself when I wasn't looking and I am gleeful.’
    • ‘Even the enthusiastic and gleeful performances can't compensate for the utter lameness of it all.’
    • ‘You can almost hear, watching their avidly gleeful faces, the exhortations of the stage manager to look more joyful.’
    • ‘She would spend hours in gleeful delight finding out new things.’
    • ‘Very gleeful when I think of it having to walk through all that dust!’
    • ‘It's all there in plain sight, which is why the reporters are having such an easy, gleeful time digging it up.’
    • ‘We collapsed with gleeful guffaws thinking it was our secret discovery and no way would our teacher know what we were on about.’
    delighted, pleased, joyful, happy, glad, amused, mirthful, cheerful, overjoyed, elated, euphoric, exhilarated
    merry, gay, high-spirited, in high spirits, jolly, jovial, exuberant
    cock-a-hoop, jubilant
    over the moon
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