- The definition of gleed is a glowing coal.
An example of gleed is what you would have in the bottom of a charcoal grill after you had lit a fire.
Origin of gleedMiddle English glede ; from Old English gled ; from base of glowan: see glow
Origin of gleedMiddle English glede, from Old English glēd; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.
- a glowing coal
From Middle English gleede, glede, from Old English glēd, glēde (“glowing coal, ember, fire, flame, instrument of torture”), from Proto-Germanic *glōdiz (“incandescence, glowing ember, burning ash”), from Proto-Indo-European *ghlō-, *ghel- (“to shine”). Cognate with Scots gleed (“burning coal, ember”), Eastern Frisian glode (“blaze, fire”), Dutch gloed (“glow, blaze”), German Glut (“ember”), Scots glude (“glow from a fire”). More at glow.