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

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 My brand is for the fashion girl, but in a cheerful, happy, approachable way. Karin Eldor, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 Serious comedy in which a cheerful woman rejoins the world after 18 years in prison. Los Angeles Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2021 Shea Cobb, in a cheerful pink T-shirt, stands between her daughter Zion and her mother, Renée. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 9 June 2022 The anesthetist makes cheerful small talk in broken English about being a Liverpool football fan. Mailee Osten-tan, Longreads, 8 June 2022 Ellie was laid to rest at Hillcrest Cemetery following a funeral mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where relatives remembered the cheerful 9-year-old girl who loved dancing, cheerleading, Encanto, and the color purple. Chris Harris,, 6 June 2022 Harini Logan, a cheerful 14-year-old from San Antonio, Texas, made history on June 2, 2022. Pawan Dhingra, The Conversation, 3 June 2022 And like the center itself, and the exhibition making its debut inside, these cheerful fluff balls pack a big message into one small, potent package. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 June 2022 With her cheerful disposition and one-of-a-kind personality, Lova Ladiva carries herself with humor and extravagance. Joey Nolfi,, 2 June 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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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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