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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But the cheerful vibes might soon vanish: Passengers were informed on Tuesday morning that breakfast would be their last meal. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Amtrak Train with 183 People On Board Has Been Stranded in Oregon Snow for 36 Hours," 26 Feb. 2019 In the dining foyer, an elephant tusk dining table is surrounded by chairs upholstered in a cheerful ikat by Clarence house, while a Kelly Wearstler chandelier shines overhead. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "An Uninspired NYC Apartment Is Revived With Color, Charisma, and Customization," 17 Jan. 2019 Plenty of cheerful young Aussies, as well as a smattering of Harvard Business School–bound gappers on Rumspringa-like tours of the region’s fastest growing economy, filled the street cafés and five-dollar-a-night hotels. Pilar Guzmán, Condé Nast Traveler, "Editor's Letter: Coming Full Circle," 13 Nov. 2018 If a cheerful midcentury modern in a warm climate sounds just right to you, 218 East Country Club Drive is on the market now for $437,000. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Renovated midcentury near Las Vegas wants $437K," 2 Nov. 2018 Often, dorms can appear dim and dingy, but the wide window between the girls’ beds and the abundant selection cheerful bedding really brightens the room. Katelyn Chef, Teen Vogue, "Mercyhurst University Dorm Decor," 24 Aug. 2018 Previously haughty locals have befriended the cheerful police manning the cordons around Queen Elizabeth Gardens and Zizzi's restaurant. Francesca Ebel, Fox News, "A journalist sees her worlds collide in nerve agent attack," 9 Aug. 2018 Official photos show the men looking cheerful in the pope’s airy private library at the start of the meeting. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "‘It Will Cause a Scandal.’ The Pope and a Trusted U.S. Cardinal Clash Over Sex-Abuse Crisis," 14 Feb. 2019 Despite rumors of tension and disagreements between the royal pairs, everyone looked cheerful on Christmas Day. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wore Head-to-Toe Navy at the Christmas Day Church Service With the Royal Family," 25 Dec. 2018

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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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