cheerful

play
adjective cheer·ful \ˈchir-fəl\

Definition of cheerful

  1. 1 a :  full of good spirits :  merry <a cheerful host> b :  ungrudging <cheerful obedience>

  2. 2 :  conducive to cheer :  likely to dispel gloom or worry <sunny cheerful room>

cheerfully

play \-f(ə-)lē\ adverb

cheerfulness

play \-fəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of cheerful in a sentence

  1. She has a cheerful outlook on life.

  2. He seems a little more cheerful today.

15th Century

First Known Use of cheerful

15th century


CHEERFUL Defined for English Language Learners

cheerful

play
adjective cheer·ful \ˈchir-fəl\

Definition of cheerful for English Language Learners

  • : feeling or showing happiness

  • : feeling or showing that you are willing to do something without complaining

  • : causing good feelings or happiness


CHEERFUL Defined for Kids

cheerful

play
adjective cheer·ful \ˈchir-fəl\

Definition of cheerful for Students

  1. 1 :  feeling or showing happiness

  2. 2 :  causing good feelings or happiness <cheerful news>

  3. 3 :  pleasantly bright <a sunny cheerful room>

cheerfully

\-fə-lē\ adverb

cheerfulness

noun


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up cheerful? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to strike by flicking the finger outward

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • hot-dog--hot-dog--hot-dog--hot-dog-cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ