\ 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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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 After losing in the third round of the Charleston Open, Osaka appeared less cheery. Kevin Nguyen, GQ, "Naomi Osaka Is the Coolest Thing in Tennis," 24 May 2018 This country’s contributions to music are disproportionate to its small size and extend well beyond ABBA’s cheery pop and the indie cool of bands like Peter, Bjorn and John. Vogue, "Cherrie Is a Somali-Swedish R&B Queen with Style and Substance," 5 Feb. 2018 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 And yet the house is sunny and overwhelmingly cheery, even cozy at times. New York Times, "Summer’s Most Style-Savvy Movie Is a Cartoon," 3 July 2018 Although there’s no doubt that this is a hospital, the obvious decorative features of the unit — the subtle but cheery colors, the stylized nature art — are soft and soothing, neither depressing nor overly stimulating. Stacey Burling,, "The era of circadian lighting in health care is dawning," 27 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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alleviating pain or harshness

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