\ˈchir-ē \
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 \ adverb
cheeriness \ ˈchir-​ē-​nəs \ 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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Choose from nativity scenes, Santa and his reindeer, and a number of other cheery characters. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Here's Your First Look at The Home Depot's Best New Christmas Decorations," 14 Oct. 2018 The galley-style kitchen is a cheery blue, with eye-level cabinets suspended between upper and lower windows. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Midcentury jewel in Memphis boasts a cheery blue kitchen for $489K," 28 Sep. 2018 Family and friends of Shanann Watts are left searching for answers, trying to reconcile Watts' cheery Facebook posts about her daughters, her pregnancy and her love for her husband with the pending charges. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Colorado girls' bodies were submerged in crude oil 4 days," 18 Aug. 2018 Light mint green vintage cabinets and a matching retro refrigerator make the space bright and cheery, while sparrows (in honor of the home's name) are featured on the walls. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "A Retro Cabin That Will Help You Escape Reality," 1 Oct. 2015 And yet the house is sunny and overwhelmingly cheery, even cozy at times. Ruth La Ferla, The Seattle Times, "In “Incredibles 2,” the Parr house is the breakout star," 9 July 2018 Throughout the book, Kempowski quotes poems and cheery popular songs, often in deliberately awkward juxtaposition to the gravity of the narrative. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Walter Kempowski’s Epic Novel of Germany in Collapse," 21 Mar. 2016 Silver had gone viral many times over with her own incredibly cheery Afrobeat dance videos on YouTube and Instagram, incorporating moves from all over the continent, always paired with her megawatt smile. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Watch Sherrie Silver Break Down 5 of Her Favorite Afrobeat Dances," 9 July 2018 Those attending are asked to wear something bright and cheery. Hartford Courant,, "Lorraine Jane Thoma," 12 June 2018

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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 \
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
cheeriness \ -​ē-​nəs \ noun

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