Definition of gleeful in US English:

gleeful

adjective

  • Exuberantly or triumphantly joyful.

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

gleeful

/ˈɡlēfəl//ˈɡlifəl/