\ 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 cheery (audio) \ adverb
cheeriness \ ˈchir-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce cheery (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 But that is also a cheery view, as if the Fed’s interest-rate and bond-purchase tools are relatively powerless, then not much of what the Fed is doing will cause inflation either. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Treasurys Tremble," 13 Mar. 2021 Few colors are both as cheery and easy to pull off as yellow, with its spectrum running from butterscotch to bumble bee. Liam Hess, Vogue, "The Best T-Shirts for Men in Every Color," 24 Mar. 2021 Economists seem unusually cheery about prospects for an economic boom. Chris Farrell, Star Tribune, "3 big personal finance lessons that the pandemic has driven home," 20 Mar. 2021 The first day of spring is just around the corner, and Kohl's recently unveiled their new commercial featuring a fittingly cheery song by Jon Batiste. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Jon Batise Shares Sunny New Song for Kohl's 2021 Spring Ad," 18 Mar. 2021 If a bedtime song is what’s needed, that’s perfect, but the groups are also free to write cheery or practical songs that tell family stories or encourage specific tasks like eating or picking up toys. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra aids new parents, fights infant mortality with ongoing ‘Lullaby Project’," 15 Sep. 2020 Despite his bright, cheery, and ever-funny exterior, Bill Murray has grappled with feeling low from time to time, just like the rest of us. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Bill Murray Once Lifted Himself Out of a Dark Place Thanks to John Prine's "Linda Goes to Mars"," 18 Mar. 2021 This cheery water color mani fits the bill perfectly. Elle Turner, Glamour, "The Best Nail Trend to Try, According to Your Zodiac Sign," 21 Feb. 2021 None of the commercials deal with particularly cheery events in Wanda's past, but this one — an ad for Yo-Magic yogurt — is especially bleak. Devan Coggan,, "All the WandaVision Easter eggs you may have missed, from sitcom references to comics callbacks," 4 Mar. 2021

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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 6 May. 2021.

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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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