sun·​ny | \ ˈsə-nē \
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 \ adverb
sunniness \ ˈsə-​nē-​nəs \ 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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Like Mid-Century Modern homes, Ranches (especially those originating in sunny California) emphasized the blending of indoor and outdoor living. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Here’s Why Ranch-Style Houses Are Called Ranches," 20 Dec. 2018 But despite not having any real-time visuals of the landing, JPL did have something worth the trip: lots and lots of scientists milling about the sunny government campus. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Hanging out at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory," 27 Nov. 2018 The sunny dwelling has multiple skylights and windows that look out onto a landscaped backyard filled with garden paths and trees, as well as peeks of the ocean. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Rustic midcentury cabin minutes from beach asks $798K," 20 Nov. 2018 The first inter-Korean summit of 2018, a sunny spectacle in late April, reduced war fears on the peninsula. Kim Tong-hyung, Fox News, "Moon faces toughest challenge yet in 3rd summit with Kim," 14 Sep. 2018 Seemingly overnight, two months of often-unfathomable rainfall ceded to sunny, hot days and parched lawns. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Washington is in a ‘flash drought,’ with only fleeting chances of rain in the forecast," 12 July 2018 San Diego: partly cloudy, 79, Wednesday; sunny, 79, Thursday. Shelby Grad,, "Essential California: A first round of reuniting families," 11 July 2018 The sunny, sporty crop often called for a hair accessory or two (think: tortoiseshell headbands, oversize sunglasses, small plastic hair pins placed just inches from her side part—very ’90s prep). Kate Branch, Vogue, "A Love Letter to the ’90s Bob That Changed Everything," 15 July 2018 The derby arrived on a bluebird day — 80 degrees and sunny with just a whisper of a breeze. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "He hadn't touched a fly rod in years, but he kicked bass in this elite fishing tourney," 19 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of sunny

: having plenty of bright sunlight

: cheerful and happy


sun·​ny | \ ˈsə-nē \
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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