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Glad, Glaid, a. Also: glade, glaide, glayd(e, gled. [ME. gladd(e, glad and glade, OE. glæd, glæd-, and (inflected) glade, glada, etc.The usual spelling is glaid corresponding to ME. glade with the long vowel developed from the OE. disyllabic forms. The spelling glad occurs occasionaily in early and late texts, but the rhyme-words sometimes indicate the long vowel; on the other hand glaid is occas. written or printed in place of glad. The variant gled is rare and late, but common in later dialect.]

1. Of persons: Cheerful or happy in disposition; (more usually) delighted or pleased with some thing or for some reason: a. In predicative use.(a) a1400 Leg. S. xvi. 383.
Thane wes scho richt blyth & glad [: had]
Ib. xvii. 74.
Thane ioyful, glad & blythe, Thai slew the fellone beste
c1420 Wynt. v. 288.
Quhen deide wes he, Fele folk glad ware and joly
a1500 Seven S. 293.
In to this tovne … A burges duelt … Riche and mychti, blyth and glad [: had]
a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. cii. 9.
Lat ws be blythe and glaid [: sad]
(b) Brus i. 332.
He … levyt thar full sympylly, The quhethir he glaid was and ioly
c1475 Wall. iii. 66.
Wytt yhe thai war a full glaid cumpanye
1513 Doug. ii. iii. 6.
Quhat evir thou art, beis mery and glaid
Ib. v. iii. 68.
The rowaris … glaid and joly, in hope forto do weill
a1500 Prestis of Peblis 104.
Quhen ȝe haf plesans Than am I glaide [Ch. glade]
1533 Gau 70/9.
Thairfoir we suld be glaid and blith … and cuir noth deid
1535 Stewart 17507.
Quhen euirilk man most mirrie wes and glaid
1560 Rolland Seven S. 7093.
Quhen he it saw he was richt wonder glaid
a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. xcvii. 65.
England is glaid quhone it is tald Of Scottis the diuisioun
1625 Garden Kings p. ii.
Glaide may the ghost of great Godfredo be
c1650 Spalding II. 10.
The English wes veray glaid
(c) c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxxvi. 19 (B).
Vtheris ar glayd at Ȝule and Pasche
a1570-86 Maitl. F. clxx. 61.
In ȝour greif be glayd
(d) 1513 Doug. xiii. ii. 78 (R).
Now stade In bettir hope returne ȝour myndis, beis glade [v.r. glaid]
a1605 Montg. Misc. P. vii. 39.
Be glade, thairfor, and be no more agast
(e) a1500 Henr. Fab. 1837 (B).
Thir small birdis seand the calf [i.e. chaff] was gled
?1438 Alex. ii. 8.
Gled in hart and richt joly

b. Used attributively, rare. (Also of birds.) 1513 Doug. iv. viii. 21.
The marynaris glaid lays thar schippis vndyr croys
15.. Clar. ii. 852.
The glaid foullis … making ane mirrie sound
c1550 Rolland Ct. Venus i. 84.
The glaidest man was gayest for to se

c. In adverbial or parenthetic use. a1500 Rauf C. 601.
He saw the King was engreuit, and gat furth glaid [: bad, stad]
1513 Doug. ii. xi. 15.
Anchises … blyth and glaid Lyft eyn and handis to hevyn
Ib. iii. ii. 81.
We glaid al hym obeys
Id. K. Hart i. 184.
Full glaid thai glyde as gromes vnagaist
15.. Clar. v. 969.
Quhen those madinis … Had lang disportit thus and playit glaide
1567 G. Ball. 177.
Quhair we war wount to go rycht glaid, Now haif thay vs with chargis ouer laid

2. With complements: a. With of. 1375 Barb. ii. 445.
Rycht glaid and ioyfull off thar pray
c1420 Wynt. v. 2031.
He sped him sone, And off hys chang glayd and fayne, Till his fadyr
Ib. viii. 4636.
He wes glade off thare cummyng
?1438 Alex. ii. 1190.
[I am] glaid of thy come sickerly
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 1027.
Thair of gromys wes glaid
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lx. 31.
The dewell is glaid of his promotioun
1513 Doug. iii. ii. 130.
Our folkis than, that warryn blyth and glaid Of this kowth surname of our new cite
1528 Douglas Corr. 132.
Of the quhilkis I traist his hienes … salbe rycht glaid and joyus
1533 Boece ii. xi. 80 b.
Ȝe se the commoun pepill of the slauchter of King Durst jocund and glaid
c1550 Lynd. Meldrum 1175.
Of this Ladie he wes sa glaid [: sad]
a1578 Pitsc. I. 177/29.
The king was werie glade of this consall
1603 James VI in Ellis Orig. Lett. III. 80.
I ame also glaide of the discoverie of yone litle counterfitte wenche
1604-31 Craig ii. 61.
As he whom still the jayler doth detaine … of freedome would be glade [: shade]

b. With that (expressed or implied). 1375 Barb. xviii. 228.
He was swa glad that he wes swa Deliverit
15.. Clar. v. 2808.
Now am I glad … that sie now I may
1569 Waus Corr. I. 63.
I am glaid that ye ar sumthing conuolessit
a1578 Pitsc. II. 27/19.
The erle than was glaid … that the erle of Glencairne was alyve
a1585 Maitl. Q. lx. 86.
Ȝit am I glaid we have the man
a1585 Polwart Flyt. 37.
I am right glaide Thou art begun in write to flyte

c. With to (or til) and infinitive. a1400 Leg. S. xxxi. 69.
Fele mychty men wald haf be glad To fere hyr til haf hade
1515 Douglas Corr. 70.
Thai wald be glayd to leyf ondyr the gret Turk to haf justyce
1545 Ib. 418.
I sai … be glade to set fordwart the uneing off thir two relmis
c1550 Lynd. Meldrum 191.
To marie ȝow I will be glaid
1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 10.
Because the maist part … will be glaid to se thair barnis
1576 Orkney Oppress. 71.
He was glayde to aggrie with him
a1578 Pitsc. II. 111/2.
They war the gladder to let ws rest in peace
1586 Waus Corr. II. 366.
I wald be glaid to lern thame owt
1603 Philotus xcvi.
To tak a ȝoung man for his wyfe, Ȝon cadgell wald be glaid

3. Distinguished or marked by, full of, pleasure or happiness. In various contexts.(1) a1500 Rauf C. 78.
Sayand with hart glaid, ‘Schir, God ȝow forȝeild’
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxii. 113.
With greiting glaid be than come Grace With wourdis sweit
Ib. lxxxi. 10.
Sum maid disportis with hartis glaid and lycht
1513 Doug. vii. iv. 5.
With glaid semlant and vissage ful benyng … to thame carpis the King
Ib. x. x. 18.
Syne baldly wyth glayd curage … Agane Eneas can Tarquytus dres
1533 Boece i. iii. 38.
The pepill … with glade continence and voce … declairit him thair king
1566 Reg. Privy C. I. 446.
Thair Hienessis doubtis nocht bot everie nobill man … will voluntary and with glaid will obey
a1578 Pitsc. I. 16/26.
With ane glaid will scho wald that discord war sett assydde
1622-6 Bisset I. 84/26.
For senceir, æfauld and glaid concurrance to perfyte this wark
(2) a1500 Rauf C. 178.
Doun he sat the King neir And maid him glaid & gude cheir
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lvi. 12.
It is no glaid collatioun Quhair ane makis myrrie, ane vther lukis doun
1513 Doug. i. Contents.
The fyft contenys funerale gemmys glaid
Ib. xiii. viii. 26.
The pepill Ausonyan Of this glaid tyme in hart wolx wonder fayn
1533 Boece iii. iv. 94 b.
Followit hereapoun merynes and glaid chere amang the pepill
1567 Sat. P. iii. 34.
In gamis glaid he was rycht weill asswetit
(3) c1475 Wall. ii. 342.
He spak with him, syne fast agayne can pres With glaid bodword
1513 Doug. xi. iv. 102.
Turnus slauchter and deth with me to beir As glaid tithandis
1570 Leslie 74.
Thair come ane hearald … with glaide messuages
(4) 1513 Doug. i. v. 23.
I tuke comfort heirof, thinkand but baid, That hard wanwerd suld follow fortoun glaid
1560 Rolland Seven S. 5285.
Tak thair my ring for ane takin expres Within the towre that ȝe get glaid entres
1562-3 Winȝet I. 25/9.
Haifand affection to my kynd discipulis, and my glaid and godlye exercise sumtyme with thaim
1600 Hamilton Facile Tr. Ep. 1.
The smal offrande … that the euangelical widow offrit of hir glaid pouertie

4. Having a gay or cheerful appearance; producing a bright or pleasing effect. c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 7.
The sugarat sound of hir sang glaid
Ib. 20.
All the gressis did gleme of the glaid hewis
1513 Doug. i. vi. 151.
Twelf swannys in randoun glaid and fair
Ib. ix. Prol. 47.
Weil hym lykis the goshalk glaid of plume
Ib. xii. Prol. 42.
Phebus. Defundand from his sege … Glaid influent aspectis
1567 G. Ball. 93.
Blaw up organis, with glaid and heuinlie sound
comb. 1591 Edinb. Test. XXII. 384 b.
xj elnes wollin gled hewit claytht
1612 Ib. XLVII. 146.
Ane ell of gled cullorit clayth

5. Moving smoothly; free from friction. (Cf. LG. and Du. glad, G. glatt.) 1532 M. Works Acc. II. 47.
Ane muchekyn of oledoly to mak the bandis and crukis of the durris the glaider
1594 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 529.
For ane sklaitter seruand that past to the cok on the hicht of the stepill and oild the samin to mak it glaid
1710 Ruddiman Gl. Douglas s.v.]
[Glade, … spoken of doors, bolts, &c., that go smoothly, and loosely

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