\ ˈchir-ē How to pronounce cheery (audio) \
cheerier; cheeriest

Definition of cheery

1 : marked by cheerfulness or good spirits
2 : causing or suggesting cheerfulness cheery music

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Other Words from cheery

cheerily \ ˈchir-​ə-​lē How to pronounce cheerily (audio) \ adverb
cheeriness \ ˈchir-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce cheeriness (audio) \ noun

Examples of cheery in a Sentence

a cheery grin on the host of the holiday party a cheery, unexpected compliment can really make another person's day

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There are plenty of wallets on sale, like this cheery floral card holder ($24, originally $48). Lauren Joseph, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Labor Day Sales 2019: All Our Favorite Things to Shop This Weekend," 29 Aug. 2019 Certainly the preponderance of serious works among the 300-plus movies unveiled over the past couple of weeks in Venice, Telluride and Toronto reflected versions of the Joker's nasty world far more than any semblance of Rogers' cheery neighborhood. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: Lots of Good, But Not Great, at Fall Film Festivals This Year," 14 Sep. 2019 Each woman took her cheery placard and absconded to a large back table, where one by one their orders were delivered. Amy Drew Thompson,, "South in your mouth at Apopka’s Southern Deli | Review," 26 Aug. 2019 But after test audiences reacted unfavorably to the not-so-cheery denouement, the end of the film was re-shot to show Audrey and Seymour going off the live happily-ever-after in the suburbs. Melanie Savage,, "AHM Youth Summer Theater Presents “Little Shop Of Horrors”," 7 Aug. 2019 His typically cheery countenance creases and turns somber. Romesh Ratnesar/redmond, Time, "How Microsoft's Brad Smith is Trying to Restore Your Trust in Big Tech," 8 Sep. 2019 Why torture her with absurdly cheery music on the ride there, instead of telling her she was being offered an escape route? Sabrina Rojas Weiss,, "What's Really Up With Handmaid's Tale Enigma Commander Lawrence?," 5 June 2019 The script ends with a cut to a surprisingly cheery Waluigi leaving a locker room to play tennis. Shoshana Wodinsky, The Verge, "This masterpiece is not the Waluigi movie script we want, but it’s the one we deserve," 17 Aug. 2018 Cafe Bodega: Feast on breakfast quesadillas by day and sip clever cocktails by night in a cheery space that doubles as an art gallery. Layla Khoury-hanold,, "Fresh Marquette: Outdoor sports haven in Michigan’s U.P. serves up booming culinary scene," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of cheery

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of cheery

: having or causing happy feelings


\ ˈchir-ē How to pronounce cheery (audio) \
cheerier; cheeriest

Kids Definition of cheery

: merry and bright in manner or effect : cheerful a cheery voice a cheery welcome

Other Words from cheery

cheerily \ -​ə-​lē \ adverb spoke cheerily

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