sun·​ny | \ ˈsə-nē How to pronounce sunny (audio) \
sunnier; sunniest

Definition of sunny

1 : marked by brilliant sunlight : full of sunshine
2 : cheerful, optimistic a sunny disposition
3 : exposed to, brightened by, or warmed by the sun a sunny room

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Other Words from sunny

sunnily \ ˈsə-​nə-​lē How to pronounce sunnily (audio) \ adverb
sunniness \ ˈsə-​nē-​nəs How to pronounce sunniness (audio) \ noun

Examples of sunny in a Sentence

the sunniest parts of the country We found a sunny place to have lunch. If it's sunny later, we can go to the park.
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Recent Examples on the Web The outcome wasn’t so sunny for Louisville in GameDay’s return nearly a year later. Shannon Russell, The Courier-Journal, "'College GameDay' is back in Louisville: What you need to know," 19 Sep. 2020 In a few weeks a sunny warm day will force a great number of pods to burst, causing a beautiful scene to ensue as the seeds on silvery parachutes, puffed out in masses, flow from the pods in the late afternoon sunshine. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, "Warty-looking milkweed pods produce a beautiful autumn scene," 18 Sep. 2020 Arnold, framed by palm trees, sat outside her home, in sunny Southern California. Matthew Hutson, The New Yorker, "Scientists Advance on One of Technology’s Holy Grails," 18 Sep. 2020 The clash between Piranesi’s sunny, can-do attitude and the nightmarish reality of his life reminds me a lot of how the early days of quarantine felt. Christian Holub,, "Quarantine Book Club: How I got lost in Piranesi during the pandemic," 17 Sep. 2020 For an energizing vibe, consider a yellow-green with sunny undertones. Washington Post, "Pandemic and other 2020 angst getting you down? There’s a color for that.," 17 Sep. 2020 For the same price, Ida Claire swaps out the bun for a biscuit and adds a sunny egg. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "The cheeseburger underdogs: 5 restaurants off the beefin' path dishing out quality ground rounds," 17 Sep. 2020 High pressure will ridge into the area during the afternoon with a partly sunny sky and high temperatures in the mid-60s., "Autumn-like pattern takes firm grip on state," 17 Sep. 2020 Otherwise, the sky will be partly sunny in the Cleveland area, and mostly cloudy in the Akron area. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Possible morning showers followed by cloudy skies: Northeast Ohio’s Thursday weather forecast," 16 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of sunny

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sunny was in the 14th century

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23 Sep 2020

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“Sunny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce sunny (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sunny

: having plenty of bright sunlight
: cheerful and happy


sun·​ny | \ ˈsə-nē How to pronounce sunny (audio) \
sunnier; sunniest

Kids Definition of sunny

1 : bright with sunshine a sunny day a sunny room
2 : merry sense 1, cheerful He just kept … talking his nonstop sunny talk about what a great summer we were going to have …— Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Loses Control

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