cheerier; cheeriest
: marked by cheerfulness or good spirits
: causing or suggesting cheerfulness
cheery music
cheerily adverb
cheeriness 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 Pink really does give you a dopamine hit, with its bright, cheery, and colorful pop of color. Claire Rutter, Rolling Stone, 1 Dec. 2023 An island favorite for decades, the property's blue clapboard sides greet you with a cheery hue, and its interiors evoke a distinct sense of coastal sophistication. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 29 Nov. 2023 Serve up cocoa in these cheery, plaid dollar-store mugs, along with candy cane and chocolate mixing spoons (also at the dollar store). Sarah Lemire, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Nov. 2023 Designed by Taylor Shannon, this 100-piece puzzle is filled with vibrant colors, eye-catching images of rainbows and hearts, and popular phrases (shine bright, love, be happy, etc.) for a cheery effect. Casey Clark, Parents, 17 Nov. 2023 Today with grim budgetary forecasts and NASA and ESA alike struggling to fulfill a bold vision for returning samples from Mars, the outlook for Venus is decidedly less cheery. Leonard David, Scientific American, 14 Nov. 2023 The song’s cheery, but there’s definitely a sensitive side to it. Billboard Japan, Billboard, 13 Nov. 2023 In Chincoteague, the unexpected visit by the birds has proved a cheery diversion for residents like Kambarn, who decided to mark it by taking the eight plastic flamingos out of her shed and displaying them in her front yard. Joe Heim, Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2023 Huh, a little glum for the cheery holiday season, dontchya think? Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, 21 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cheery was in the 15th century

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“Cheery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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cheerier; cheeriest
: merry and bright in manner or effect : cheerful
cheerily adverb
cheeriness noun

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