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  • IPA(key): /ˈɡlædə(ɹ)/
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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English gladere, from Old English glædra (adj), glador (adverb), comparative of glæd (glad, shining, bright). More at glad.



  1. comparative form of glad: more glad

Etymology 2[edit]

From gladder (one who makes glad), or perhaps from Middle English *gladderen, from Old English *gladrian (to make glad), equivalent to glad +‎ -er (fequentative suffix).


gladder (third-person singular simple present gladders, present participle gladdering, simple past and past participle gladdered)

  1. (nonstandard, proscribed, rare) Alternative form of gladden
    • 1909, Country Correspondence, Political Department, 1800-[1804]:
      Under the auspicious influence of the Company's just and equitable administration, the face of this province is gladdered [sic]—the blossoms of Peace are blowing and the blessings of tranquility increasing daily [...]
    • 2006, Pūrana Siṅgha, Sāhitya Akādemī, The knock at midnight:
      The light of snow has gladdered the heart [...]

Middle English[edit]


From Old English *gladere (gladder), from gladian (to make glad).


gladder (plural gladders)

  1. One who makes glad or gives joy.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for gladder in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913)