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 One sunny day last summer, Mathias Kolle, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, took a couple of eminent colleagues out sailing. Quanta Magazine, "Color-Changing Material Unites the Math and Physics of Knots," 10 Feb. 2020 This may seem counterintuitive, but overcast, drizzly days are best for spotting antlers. Sheds seem to glow with an inner light during these conditions and show up far more readily than on bright sunny days. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, "18 Key Strategies for Finding More Sheds," 5 Feb. 2020 No matter how great a goggle lens is, most work best in a limited set of light conditions—sunny bluebird days, snowy overcast skies, or even night skiing. Louis Mazzante, Popular Mechanics, "The Most Exciting New Winter Gear and Apparel from Outdoor Retailer 2020," 31 Jan. 2020 In fact, Seattle has not experienced an official sunny day since November 30. Pedram Javaheri, CNN, "It's sunless in Seattle as city weathers one of the gloomiest stretches in recent history," 29 Jan. 2020 As anyone who has ever been inside a greenhouse knows, glass buildings can get hot even on partially sunny days. Richard A. Marini,, "The new glass buildings of San Antonio’s downtown and Midtown signal a new, modern era," 25 Jan. 2020 At the beginning of the new trailer, Blunt’s character is shown driving through what at first glance appears to be a normal town on a sunny day. Alexis Reliford,, "A Quiet Place II Is Still Silent & The People Aren’t Worth Saving," 1 Jan. 2020 Small rain chances return Thursday night into Friday, but temperatures will rise to the mid-60s by the weekend coupled with another few sunny, rain-free days. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Cold front pushing through Houston area Monday, showers possible as temps drop," 16 Dec. 2019 A few dozen feet from where Johnson spoke, on a sunny December day with temperatures in the 60s, many people with no idea of what sea ice is walked the sidewalks. Anchorage Daily News, "Sea ice experts from Nome and Unalakleet share what they’re seeing with scientists," 14 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of sunny

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sunny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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