glee vs hilarity what difference

what is difference between glee and hilarity



From Middle English gle, from Old English glēo, glīġ, glēow, glīw (glee, pleasure, mirth, play, sport; music; mockery), from Proto-Germanic *glīwą (joy, mirth), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰlew- (to joke, make fun, enjoy). Cognate with Scots gle, glie, glew (game, play, sport, mirth, joy, rejoicing, entertainment, melody, music), Old Norse glȳ (joy, glee, gladness), Ancient Greek χλεύη (khleúē, joke, jest, scorn). A poetic word in Middle English, the word was obsolete by 1500, but revived late 18c.


  • enPR: glē, IPA(key): /ɡliː/
  • Rhymes: -iː


glee (countable and uncountable, plural glees)

  1. (uncountable) Joy; happiness great delight, especially from one’s own good fortune or from another’s misfortune.
    Synonyms: merriment, mirth, gaiety, gloat
  2. (uncountable) Music; minstrelsy; entertainment.
  3. (music, countable) An unaccompanied part song for three or more solo voices, not necessarily merry.

Derived terms



glee (third-person singular simple present glees, present participle gleeing, simple past and past participle gleed)

  1. To sing a glee (unaccompanied part song).


  • Egle, Lege, lege



glee f

  1. something that is wet because it has been pasted together


  • Dative and accusative are nowadays obsolete, use nominative instead.

See also

  • èpperglieëdjómme

Pennsylvania German


From Middle High German klein, kleine, from Old High German kleini, from Proto-Germanic *klainiz (shining, fine, splendid, tender), from Proto-Indo-European *gleh₁y- (to cleave, stick). Compare German klein, Dutch klein.



  1. small



From Latin hilaritas, “cheerfulness”, from adjective hilaris, “cheerful”, ultimately from Greek, + noun of state suffix -tas.


  • IPA(key): /hɪˈlæɹɪ.ti/


hilarity (countable and uncountable, plural hilarities)

  1. (uncountable) A great amount of amusement, usually accompanied by laughter.
  2. (countable) Something that induces laughter.
    • 1999, Vincent Canby, Janet Maslin and Peter M. Nichols, The New York times guide to the best 1000 movies ever made,
      Think it not curious if we don’t seem to be as sidesplittingly impressed with the hilarities in this picture as its promotion might lead you to expect. Hilarity is in it—hilarity at its best—as would be almost mandatory in any film with Miss Holliday.
    • 2005, Library journal, Volume 130, Issues 8-13, Page 122,
      Many other Latin imports have become staples of our diet, like the burrito, which in Spanish means “little donkey.” What other food-related hilarities are we missing out on?


  • cheerfulness
  • buoyancy
  • delight
  • gaiety
  • glee
  • jauntiness
  • merriment
  • mirth

Related terms

  • hilarious


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