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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There were terrific trouser looks on Michelle Pfeiffer in age-defying Saint Laurent, Queen Rania of Jordan in head-to-toe blush-pink (from Adeam), and Bella Hadid keeping it sunny in Dior Homme by Kim Jones. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "10 Best Dressed: Week of July 2, 2018," 2 July 2018 Wednesday will be mostly sunny in Boston, with a high (once again) near 81. Emily Sweeney,, "Tuesday will be warm, but not as muggy as yesterday," 19 June 2018 In the hot late-May sun, the only thing sunnier in Camden Yards than the dogs’ toothy grins were those of the players holding them. Katherine Fominykh,, "Orioles players pose with puppies (and kittens) for 2019 pet calendar," 30 May 2018 Monday could be nearly 70 and sunny in Portland Burn all your coats in a backyard bonfire*! Eder Campuzano,, "Portland metro Saturday weather: Wow. It's a great day to go outside," 10 Mar. 2018 There is a blindingly bright sunny side to being here at this time of year. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "8 reasons to love the Phoenix heat in summer," 14 July 2018 Babineau told him the Chevy belonged to Debra Davis, a cafeteria worker beloved by students for her sunny, outgoing personality. Diane Bell,, "When Hoover High cafeteria worker's story goes viral, her 'other life' is revealed," 13 July 2018 Where gray leaf spot will show up in both sun and shade, chinch bugs will always be in the hottest, sunniest parts of your yard. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Here’s your gardening to-do list for the second part of the summer," 11 July 2018 In Town Ketchum has a friendly downtown that’s compact and packed with sunny patios. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "An Outdoor Enthusiast's Guide to Ketchum, Idaho," 11 July 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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obstinately defiant of authority

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