cheerful

adjective
cheer·​ful | \ ˈchir-fəl \

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 \ adverb
cheerfulness \ ˈchir-​fəl-​nəs \ 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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No matter, the crowd at Zimmermann’s annual dinner was extra cheerful. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Zimmermann Kicks Off Fashion Week With a Ladylike Dinner," 6 Feb. 2019 But what is slightly less cheerful is the tragic backstory behind baby Louis’ name. Kate Samuelson, Time, "The New Royal Baby Name Prince Louis Has a Tragic Backstory," 27 Apr. 2018 Audience member: On that cheerful note ... Ruth Bader Ginsburg is still really healthy. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates explains how Donald Trump is trying to corrupt the Justice Department," 12 Nov. 2018 The Duchess of Cambridge looked cheerful and stunning in a red dress with an asymmetrical neckline. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Recycled a Red Preen Dress to a Gala," 16 Nov. 2018 The Mourning Dove Cafe Befitting its luxe neighbors—like the Dior and Etro boutiques at the Shops at Buckhead Atlanta—Mourning Dove Cafe is cheerful and elegant. Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Coffee Shops in Atlanta," 22 Aug. 2018 The big-hearted elf is quirky and cheerful, leaving nothing but candy and Christmas cheer in his wake. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "The Best Christmas Movies to Watch According to Your Zodiac Sign," 26 Nov. 2018 Lexus and Infiniti got unprecedented news coverage, the brands got off to a flying start and the global auto industry changed forever as the Japanese auto industry shed its reputation for cheap and cheerful cars. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Here’s how to save the Detroit auto show," 22 June 2018 But during my visit, Elizabeth appeared cheerful and at ease. Jennifer Egan, New York Times, "Children of the Opioid Epidemic," 9 May 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 \

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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