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From Middle English gladly, gladliche, from Old English glædlīċe (gladly), equivalent to glad +‎ -ly. Compare Danish glædelig (joyful), Icelandic gleðilegur (delightful). More at glad, -ly.



gladly (comparative gladlier or more gladly, superlative gladliest or most gladly)

  1. In a glad manner; happily.
    • 1915, George A. Birmingham, “chapter I”, in Gossamer (Project Gutenberg; EBook #24394), London: Methuen & Co., published 8 January 2013 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 558189256:
      As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish, but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
  2. Willingly; certainly.
    Would you like a beer?
    Gladly, thank you.

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