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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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 That said, none has been as compellingly cheerful as that of Bodys Isek Kingelez. Peter Plagens, WSJ, "‘Bodys Isek Kingelez: City Dreams’ Review: Utopia in Miniature," 23 June 2018 Then one of our housekeepers, a cheerful, large woman, stepped on a chick and killed it. WSJ, "Crank Up the Flavor: Leftover Rotisserie Chicken Recipes," 8 Feb. 2019 An intensely cheerful, surprisingly young couple with two adorable children in matching jammies run outside to gawk at the shiny new member of the family. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Does anyone really buy the giant car bows you see in every commercial?," 18 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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