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 \-f(ə-)lē \ adverb
cheerfulness \-fəl-nəs \ noun

Examples of cheerful in a Sentence

She has a cheerful outlook on life. He seems a little more cheerful today.

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Bob and the family would like to thank his doctors, nurses, and other caregivers at the New Haven and New Britain VA hospitals, and his hospice nurses for their help and cheerful service., "Robert C. Blume," 20 May 2018 The palette is a mood elevator, cheerful and energizing. David A. Keeps, House Beautiful, "This Beach House Was Specifically Designed to Be a "Mood Elevator"," 24 May 2017 Both these efforts plus the new tariffs target Made in China 2025, Beijing’s strategic gambit to upgrade Chinese manufacturing from cheap and cheerful to innovative and high-tech. Charlie Cambell/beijing, Time, "Lei Jun Wants to Be China’s Answer to Steve Jobs. But Trump’s Trade War Is Getting In His Way," 12 July 2018 Media images of cheerful-looking primates can also create harmful misconceptions about the animals. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Stock Photo Agencies Agree to Pull ‘Unnatural’ Images of Primates," 5 July 2018 The event — a memorial for popular 17-year-old basketball-playing fraternal twins killed on the same block the previous year — appeared cheerful when Feazell posted the first of two videos. William Lee,, "Murder charges filed in fatal shooting at memorial for slain twins," 14 May 2018 With Tomatoes and Mozzarella 2 to 3 servings Adding the spicy pepper paste to the eggy pancake batter gives it a cheerful color as well as a mild boost of flavor. Bonnie S. Benwick, charlotteobserver, "These big puffy pancakes are as easy as they are spectacular | Charlotte Observer," 13 Mar. 2018 The little digit decoration is cheerful and will add glimmer to any basic flip-flop. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "From Anklets to Toe Rings, This Is the Summer of Throwback Jewelry," 6 July 2018 Masaya, which used to be a cheerful and colorful city visited by thousands of tourists for its famous craftwork and folkloric dances, is now bruised by the uprising. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Barricades and Empty Streets: Nicaragua’s Leader Loses Control," 18 June 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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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 \

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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