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

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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 There’s no denying life in quarantine isn’t the most cheerful scenario, but there’s still cause for celebration. Erin Parker, Glamour, "41 Graduation Gift Ideas for Grads Celebrating in Quarantine," 14 May 2020 Painted a particularly cheerful shade of red, the streamlined stainless-steel tool has a ferocious carbon-steel blade that moves through metal with minimal elbow grease expended. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "This Kitchen Tool Will Quietly, Reliably Improve Your Quality of Life," 17 Mar. 2020 Hipsters in groups, oldsters in couples, crowds of post-church patrons on Sundays and, almost always, families with very cheerful children. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Equal opportunity dining: Golden Corral rounds up fine food at affordable prices," 23 Jan. 2020 Relatively speaking, Winnie is one of the most cheerful Beckett characters. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Renaissance Theaterworks embraces the dirty job of mounting Beckett's 'Happy Days'," 16 Jan. 2020 In the video recorded by the camera, the overly cheerful song is playing as Alyssa walks into the empty bedroom. Allyson Chiu, Anchorage Daily News, "A Mississippi mother installed a Ring camera in her children’s room for peace of mind. A hacker used it to harass her 8-year-old daughter.," 12 Dec. 2019 But Estonia also comes top in another, less cheerful statistic: a higher proportion of its citizens die from drug overdoses than in any other European. The Economist, "How Estonia became the drug-overdose capital of Europe," 12 Nov. 2019 Palestinian artist Abdul Rahman Katanani’s colorful, even cheerful, flat sculptures also convey a sense of resilience. Washington Post, "Two new D.C. art spaces put contemporary Middle Eastern artists in the spotlight," 7 Nov. 2019 But in January 2019, the cruise ship, which bills itself one of the world’s largest, produced less cheerful news: Hundreds of passengers fell ill from the highly contagious norovirus stomach flu. Bruce Horovitz,, "How cruise ship passengers should prepare for sickness or injury at sea," 1 Oct. 2019

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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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Cite this Entry

“Cheerful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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