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[gleed] /glid/

noun, Archaic.
a glowing coal.
[glee] /gli/ Scot. and North England
verb (used without object)
to squint or look with one eye.
a squint.
an imperfect eye, especially one with a cast.
(archaic or dialect) a burning ember or hot coal
great merriment or delight, often caused by someone else’s misfortune
a type of song originating in 18th-century England, sung by three or more unaccompanied voices Compare madrigal (sense 1)

Old English gliu, gliw “entertainment, mirth, jest, play, sport,” presumably from a Proto-Germanic *gleujam but absent in other Germanic languages except for the rare Old Norse gly “joy;” probably related to glad. A poetry word in Old English and Middle English, obsolete c.1500-c.1700, it somehow found its way back to currency late 18c. In Old English, an entertainer was a gleuman (female gleo-mægden). Glee club (1814) is from the secondary sense of “unaccompanied part-song” (1650s) as a form of musical entertainment.


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