\ 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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There’s something very cheery about it, in the same way there was about reggae. Kenneth Partridge, Billboard, "The English Beat Talk First New Album In 36 Years & Feeling Like 'Ska-stradamus'," 23 May 2018 On this go-around, he's added some '90s flair with a little help from boy band Hansen for a cheery multi-generational collab. Natalie Maher, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best New Christmas Songs of 2018," 12 Nov. 2018 On-demand hot water and a marine toilet give you the comforts of home, and LED lights keep things cheery. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Sleek camper van sleeps two with space for bikes," 26 Sep. 2018 Despite all these not-so-cheery figures, there is a silver lining for investors. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Asian Satellites Buck China’s Downward Drift," 5 Sep. 2018 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

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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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