\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Bright and cheery living area leads to an open kitchen with stainless steel appliances, walk-in pantry, loads of cupboard space, separate dining space. oregonlive, "Portland homes for sale on really small lots have low property taxes," 16 May 2020 The cheery yellow neo-brutalism of the Webb Chapel Park Pavilion. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "100 reasons to love Dallas right now: A critic’s list of the places that make the city and its architecture special.," 15 May 2020 While Queen Barb is especially vocal about hating pop music, Poppy herself rejects the idea of sad music and insists cheery pop is better. cleveland, "Forced to bypass theaters, ‘Trolls World Tour’ celebrates harmony, diversity and hope," 13 Apr. 2020 Make a Spring Wreath A rainy spring afternoon is also a great time to make a cheery front door decoration. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "24 At-Home Activities That Will Bring You Joy This Spring," 9 Apr. 2020 Available in bright and cheery yellow, white, or black, this porcelain stovetop kettle features a classic style with a wooden handle and knob. Popular Science, "The best stovetop kettles," 11 Nov. 2019 From cheery to social distancing Tammy Woods is a regular in Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport’s international terminal when things go bad. oregonlive, "Coughs draw icy stares. Disinfecting wipes essential. Airline workers share what it’s like on COVID-19’s front lines," 19 Apr. 2020 Yet that jobs boom conceals a less cheery reality: Most of that work doesn't pay people much money. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "America's job problem: Employers are hiring, but pay is low," 7 Feb. 2020 Rates for the cheery room start at $399 per night and come with complimentary admission to the Empire State Building and tickets to the Rockefeller Center ice skating rink. Hannah Chubb,, "This Decked-Out Buddy the Elf-Themed Hotel Suite Will Have You Singing Loud For All to Hear," 19 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of cheery

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Cheery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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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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