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 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 Other standout shades in terms of resale value include bright-and cheerful shades of orange, green, red, and blue. Jim Gorzelany, Forbes, 5 May 2021 And while the 20,000-ish ticketholders will still make cheerful noise, among that murmur won’t be the cry of hawkers offering fistfuls of crimson paper. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 30 Sep. 2020 Some look bewildered but others seem strangely cheerful — the source of much subsequent scholarly debate. New York Times, 18 May 2021 The Sorrow and the Pity was more cheerful than this display of preachifying finger-pointers. Kyle Smith, National Review, 26 Apr. 2021 Still, this evening together at a nursing home in Waterford was cheerful., 18 Apr. 2021 On average, the elderly are more cheerful while the young are more miserable. Greg Orme, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 Surely Chinese President Xi Jinping would let Mr. Manfred inspect the camps, and why not bring along fellow Georgia boycott enthusiast LeBron James to certify that the Uighurs are cheerful in their work? The Editorial Board, WSJ, 4 Apr. 2021 Even better: The cheerful-looking bottles and tubes are 99 percent plastic free and 100 percent recyclable or biodegradable. Jeffrey Westbrook, Marie Claire, 1 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of cheerful was in the 15th century

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12 Jun 2021

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“Cheerful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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


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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