cheer·​less | \ ˈchir-ləs How to pronounce cheerless (audio) \

Definition of cheerless

: lacking qualities that cheer : bleak, joyless a cheerless room

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Other Words from cheerless

cheerlessly adverb
cheerlessness noun

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dismal, dreary, bleak, gloomy, cheerless, desolate mean devoid of cheer or comfort. dismal indicates extreme and utterly depressing gloominess. dismal weather dreary, often interchangeable with dismal, emphasizes discouragement resulting from sustained dullness or futility. a dreary job bleak suggests chill, dull, and barren characteristics that utterly dishearten. the bleak years of the depression gloomy often suggests lack of hope or promise. gloomy war news cheerless stresses absence of anything cheering. a drab and cheerless office desolate adds an element of utter remoteness or lack of human contact to any already disheartening aspect. a desolate outpost

Examples of cheerless in a Sentence

The room was surprisingly bare and cheerless. a dank and cheerless castle that was once the site of unspeakable horrors
Recent Examples on the Web For all his gloom, Mann was not entirely cheerless. Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2021 Lawrence’s was among the last, with a green campus full of trees, but a gray, cheerless interior and food that, in his words, looked regurgitated. Sarah Enelow-snyder, New York Times, 25 Mar. 2020 Bishop spent a cold childhood raised by cheerless Calvinist grandparents (her official guardian, Uncle Jack, was reputedly something of a bully), and quickly learned that intense emotional attachments led to distress. Scott Bradfield, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2019 Nothing like signifyin’ in the Henry Louis Gates Jr. sense, with its necessarily intelligent playfulness, but something essentially post-literate and cheerless. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 11 July 2019 But a future predicated on product development alone, with little to offer the human heart, is a cheerless future indeed. Michael J. Lewis, WSJ, 10 Jan. 2019 Just ahead awaits a peculiar Southern California landscape of palm trees and barbed wire, and then a cheerless, pitiless site: Terminal Island Federal Correctional Institution. James Andrew Miller, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Feb. 2018 The visit draws a strangely dutiful, cheerless local crowd. Holland Cotter, New York Times, 13 Sep. 2017 Long before any news outlet formally declared Ms. Handel’s victory, CNN and MSNBC regulars disclosed the outcome with their funereal tones and cheerless visages. James Freeman, WSJ, 21 June 2017

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First Known Use of cheerless

1575, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cheerless was in 1575

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“Cheerless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cheerless

: not causing happiness or warm feelings : bleak or gloomy


cheer·​less | \ ˈchir-ləs How to pronounce cheerless (audio) \

Kids Definition of cheerless

: offering no happiness or cheer : gloomy a cheerless room

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