cheer·​ful | \ ˈchir-fəl How to pronounce cheerful (audio) \

Definition of cheerful

1a : full of good spirits : merry a cheerful host
b : ungrudging cheerful obedience
2 : conducive to cheer : likely to dispel gloom or worry sunny cheerful room

Other Words from cheerful

cheerfully \ ˈchir-​f(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cheerful (audio) \ adverb
cheerfulness \ ˈchir-​fəl-​nəs How to pronounce cheerful (audio) \ noun

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Examples of cheerful in a Sentence

She has a cheerful outlook on life. He seems a little more cheerful today.
Recent Examples on the Web Shura looks at the scene outside the window on a dreary, gray day and re-creates that, but the teacher had a more cheerful image in mind—something that Alyona immediately understood. Cressida Leyshon, The New Yorker, 8 Aug. 2022 These cheerful, fragrant, and edible blooms are a great plant for containers and borders. Terri Robertson, Country Living, 27 June 2022 Chalkboard Door Sign Turn an old door into a cheerful, inviting sign with the help of a little chalkboard paint. Grace Gallagher, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 June 2022 Her paintings grace all the walls in her home, giving it a bright and cheerful look. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Apr. 2022 The cheerful songs lifted everyone’s spirit, including Nicole Ari Parker. Vogue, 4 Dec. 2021 Then, check out our holiday picks, 12 bright and cheerful numbers to close out the year with a flourish. Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2021 Starting last year with their Horizon release (which itself stands out for a bright and cheerful label), Hirsch began printing mash bills on the back of labels. Elva Ramirez, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 The 2021 crop of wren chicks seems to be thriving, along with our hopes that these precious birds will soon bring their cheerful songs into the world. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of cheerful

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for cheerful

see cheer entry 1

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cheer·​ful | \ ˈchir-fəl How to pronounce cheerful (audio) \

Kids Definition of cheerful

1 : feeling or showing happiness
2 : causing good feelings or happiness cheerful news
3 : pleasantly bright a sunny cheerful room

Other Words from cheerful

cheerfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb
cheerfulness noun

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