cheerful

adjective
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

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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Then one of our housekeepers, a cheerful, large woman, stepped on a chick and killed it. WSJ, "Crank Up the Flavor: Leftover Rotisserie Chicken Recipes," 8 Feb. 2019 An intensely cheerful, surprisingly young couple with two adorable children in matching jammies run outside to gawk at the shiny new member of the family. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Does anyone really buy the giant car bows you see in every commercial?," 18 Dec. 2018 Isabel Marant opted for plain wood; Goyard had cheerful, color-block panels. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "In Paris, the Gilets Jaunes Protests Impact Holiday Shopping Season," 17 Dec. 2018 Best known for her always cheerful, friendly, optimistic, and engaging personality, Anne's irrepressible vitality and contagious joie de vivre will be missed by all. courant.com, "Anne Garrigues Wigton Hall," 11 Mar. 2018 Pizzeria Delfina Neapolitan style pizza meets California flair in this cheerful, friendly spot that's popular for dates and lunch. Lexi Pandell, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Pizza in San Francisco," 4 Mar. 2018 Sagittarius — The Santa Clause Just like Santa, those with Sagittarius as a sign are cheerful with open hearts. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "The Best Christmas Movies to Watch According to Your Zodiac Sign," 26 Nov. 2018 Prices heading for third quarterly rise as ETF demand picks up Bolton’s addition to Trump’s team may spur gains, ANZ predicts Gold bulls are finding 2018 offers plenty of reasons to be cheerful. Bloomberg.com, "Gold Forges Its Best Run Since 2011," 29 Mar. 2018 But Claire’s Camera, which was filmed right before the news of Hong and Kim’s relationship broke, also has an air of self-interrogation, even though the movie is mostly cheerful. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Claire's Camera and the Beguiling Films of Hong Sang-soo," 8 Mar. 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 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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