cheerful

adjective
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

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Other Words from cheerful

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for cheerful

Synonyms

blithe, blithesome, bright, buoyant, canty [British dialect], cheery, chipper, eupeptic, gay, gladsome, lightsome, sunny, upbeat, winsome

Antonyms

dour, gloomy, glum, morose, saturnine, sulky, sullen

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Examples of cheerful in a Sentence

She has a cheerful outlook on life. He seems a little more cheerful today.

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The hero worship has a slippery quality here, with a less cheerful purpose than the sincere devotion of Homecoming or Into the Spider-Verse. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "From Spider-Man to Midsommar, 10 movies to see this Fourth of July weekend," 5 July 2019 Could there be a more cheerful way to stand up to Russian bullying? Alexander Sikorski, National Review, "Georgians Continue to Defy Putin, and the West Must Stand with Them," 28 June 2019 Roster is not shy about striking up conversations regarding those less-than-cheerful topics and hopes to advance far enough in the tournament to appear on ESPN’s broadcasts. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "'What I want is a peaceful death': Kevin Roster has only weeks to live – and that's why he moved to California," 7 June 2019 Meanwhile, in a daughter's cheerful, pink bedroom (shown above), a jib door gives the entry the feel of a magical kind of secret passageway. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "What's a Jib Door, Anyway?," 27 May 2019 Addie started out cheerful, became angry and hurt, and then recovered her good cheer. Lydia Davis, Harper's magazine, "Addie and the Chili," 10 Jan. 2019 The cheerful scene feels particularly authentic in the morning as residents pull their grocery carts up to tables overflowing with the region’s celebrated cheeses, charcuterie, and produce. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Exploring Annecy, the Venice of the French Alps," 7 Nov. 2018 Stop to smell the roses People who look at flowers first thing in the morning report being more cheerful and energetic, according to a Harvard University study. Kelly Mickle, Woman's Day, "11 Sleeping Tips To Help You Wake Up in the Best Mood," 4 Aug. 2016 Indeed, the generous spread of orange roses and white lilies stood out as a cheerful and beautiful remembrance from an extended family – the Cleveland Browns. Phillip Morris, cleveland.com, "Some Cleveland Browns definitely go to heaven: Phillip Morris," 11 June 2019

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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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cheerful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of cheerful

: feeling or showing happiness
: feeling or showing that you are willing to do something without complaining
: causing good feelings or happiness

cheerful

adjective
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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