Definition of gleeful in English:



  • Exuberantly or triumphantly joyful.

    ‘she gave a gleeful chuckle’
    • ‘It's all there in plain sight, which is why the reporters are having such an easy, gleeful time digging it up.’
    • ‘Very gleeful when I think of it having to walk through all that dust!’
    • ‘The joyous screams, the gleeful yelps, and a happy, wagging tail added life to the peaceful, gentle beach.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I felt like a gleeful kid after a particularly lucrative Halloween expedition, and enacted the self-same rituals.’
    • ‘Now we have some professionally gleeful all-purpose presenter.’
    • ‘Even the enthusiastic and gleeful performances can't compensate for the utter lameness of it all.’
    • ‘You've run with the pack in a gleeful stomp right on top of him.’
    • ‘Our curiosity was aroused by the gleeful squeals and ripples of bawdy laughter emanating from the crowd.’
    • ‘The result is an intricate, gleeful conversation between eras, ideas and characters.’
    • ‘The idea was that the perennially gleeful blond would travel to Scotland to source scallops and langoustines.’
    • ‘They were ambling joyfully, jumping, excited by the huge gleeful crowd.’
    • ‘With a penetrable fourth wall, a spot of audience participation and plenty of gleeful nonsense, this is pantomime in all but dame.’
    • ‘Other displays mix genres and media with almost gleeful abandon.’
    • ‘Granted, the novel isn't gleeful, but there's enough levity to entertain the idea of lasting love.’
    • ‘I was especially gleeful because she was my primary school best friend.’
    • ‘He then gave me a maliciously gleeful look and walked over to the wall again.’
    • ‘I feel like I have pulled one over on myself when I wasn't looking and I am gleeful.’
    • ‘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
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