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

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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 The cheerful sun and rainbow accents guarantee that your little one shines brightly on even the gloomiest days. Alexandra Cavallo, USA TODAY, "25 of the cutest baby outfits for summer," 29 June 2020 This classic chinoiserie pattern is reimagined for summer with its watercolor aesthetic and range of cheerful colorways. Elizabeth Sweet, Better Homes & Gardens, "Sunny Removable Wallpaper Patterns for a Fast Summer Room Refresh," 29 June 2020 The restaurant is helmed by chef and owner Ali Jamaica, who presides over the cheerful, welcoming space. Brian Freedman, Travel + Leisure, "Going Home: A Chef’s Journey to the Culinary Soul of Egypt," 29 June 2020 Three-tier rolling carts (on sale at $29.99) come in cheerful and neutral colors such as indigo blue, sage green, mint, blush, teal, dark gray, matte black and white. oregonlive, "Spruce up, organize your bathroom for a better start to your morning," 28 June 2020 With or without tequila, this cheerful drink relies on lime for a bright punch. Washington Post, "4 ways to feature limes in their best light," 22 June 2020 Sony’s Aibo—a cheerful dog equipped with a camera specifically to monitor children and the elderly—is less expensive than Paro but still costs around $2,800. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "There’s No Cure for Covid-19 Loneliness, but Robots Can Help," 22 June 2020 Another was his cheerful indifference toward the weather. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, "A Tale of Two Bears: Hunting Brown Bears in Alaska," 18 July 2016 Kim also shared cheerful birthday wishes for Thompson in March. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Kim Kardashian Calls Tristan Thompson a 'Different Person' as She Praises Him for 'Trying Really Hard'," 20 June 2020

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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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5 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cheerful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cheerful. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for cheerful

cheerful

adjective
How to pronounce cheerful (audio)

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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