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 For those looking to upgrade your mom’s go-to tote for grocery runs, Paravel’s colorful cabana tote not only allows for chic monogramming, but will also make the transition to winter a bit more cheerful too. Julie Tong, Vogue, "The Best Personalized and Bespoke Gifts for the Holidays," 4 Dec. 2020 The staff was lovely, cheerful and attentive; the vibes were good. Washington Post, "Cindy Lou’s Fish House flows with the tides of Southern cooking," 4 Dec. 2020 The moment the camera flickered on, her posture straightened and her cheerful voice rang out brightly. Sonja Sharp Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Kindergartners struggle to learn online. But this mother-daughter duo keeps them glued," 24 Nov. 2020 National holidays cause huge spikes in happiness, with Christmas being the most cheerful. Washington Post, "Just how bad was this year? These professors found answers on Twitter.," 31 Dec. 2020 Read on for our picks to bring these calming and cheerful shades into the new year! Jasmin Perez, Sunset Magazine, "Pantone’s 2021 Colors Are Here," 30 Dec. 2020 Robert Voss remembers his father as warm and cheerful and a good provider. oregonlive, "Marvin Voss, a cheerful father who loved cribbage, dies from Parkinson’s and COVID-19 at 92," 29 Dec. 2020 There is a cheerful, multi-color cheetah print with blue, orange, pink, green, and yellow spots. Liv Birdsall, USA TODAY, "15 bestselling bands to buy for your Apple Watch," 26 Dec. 2020 The letters were filled with cheerful talk and encouragement. cleveland, "Retelling a World War II-vintage Christmas tale: Chris Quinn," 25 Dec. 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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19 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Cheerful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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


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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