\ 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 cheerily (audio) \ adverb
cheeriness \ ˈchir-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce cheeriness (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 From cheery to social distancing Tammy Woods is a regular in Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport’s international terminal when things go bad. oregonlive, "Coughs draw icy stares. Disinfecting wipes essential. Airline workers share what it’s like on COVID-19’s front lines," 19 Apr. 2020 Yet that jobs boom conceals a less cheery reality: Most of that work doesn't pay people much money. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "America's job problem: Employers are hiring, but pay is low," 7 Feb. 2020 Rates for the cheery room start at $399 per night and come with complimentary admission to the Empire State Building and tickets to the Rockefeller Center ice skating rink. Hannah Chubb,, "This Decked-Out Buddy the Elf-Themed Hotel Suite Will Have You Singing Loud For All to Hear," 19 Nov. 2019 Plus, the lotion comes in cheery, bright scents such as lemon and rose. Deanne Revel, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Best Hand Creams to Soothe Dry Skin," 8 Apr. 2020 Dave Kaval delivered some cheery news Saturday for A’s fans wondering about the team’s stadium hunt. Susan Slusser,, "Asked about A’s stadium hunt, team president says: ‘Get the shovels ready!’," 25 Jan. 2020 Some of it is deceptively cheery, and some of that optimism is meant to be taken at face value. Christopher Mosley, Dallas News, "‘Things Done Changed’ is artist David Jeremiah’s multifaceted take on race — and Dallas’ past," 22 Feb. 2020 The long hours might have added a little to the shadows under his eyes, but his mood is unfailingly cheery. Rory Smith, New York Times, "At Chelsea, Lampard’s Experiment May Soon Become a Test," 1 Feb. 2020 The kitchen might have gone through the most drastic transformation—when Barrymore was the owner, the kitchen was a bright cheery yellow with two eclectic-toned refrigerators. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Drew Barrymore’s Former Montecito Home Is On the Market For $9.9 Million," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of cheery

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 May 2020

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“Cheery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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