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

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 Geppetto, played by a cheerful but checked-out Tom Hanks, sends him off to school and then vanishes from the movie until its conclusion. David Sims, The Atlantic, 10 Sep. 2022 Like the hobbits, the harfoots are smaller than humans and elves, and live simple and cheerful lives. Sydney Odman, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2022 Even cultural practices that are today seen as cheerful or entertaining can mask darker pasts, like Sweden’s Easter witches, who bring something like Halloween to springtime. Annalisa Bolin, Longreads, 28 July 2022 Here’s a bright idea: On a good old summer’s day, there are no better accouterments than a breezy hat and cheerful crochet beach tote from Prada—the pairing will be among your favorite summer companions. Madeline Fass, Vogue, 20 May 2022 Despite the life-changing injuries, Seroshtan was still smiling and cheerful. Matt Bradley, NBC News, 19 May 2022 Trying too hard to be optimistic or cheerful can come across as forced and fake. Expert Panel, Forbes, 16 May 2022 Greenery has the power to turn any simple space into a relaxing and cheerful environment. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 18 Mar. 2022 In more than 27 years on the court, Breyer has been an active and cheerful questioner during arguments, a frequent public speaker and quick with a joke, often at his own expense. The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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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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