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 Mostly sunny skies and dry weather returns Monday, with highs in the upper-80s. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Flash flood watch for Houston ahead of torrential storms Friday and Saturday," 15 May 2020 Saturday is expected to be sunny and warm up to a high of 54. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cover plants and flowers -- freezing temperatures are forecast Thursday and Friday nights," 7 May 2020 Luckily, the next day, sunny skies returned, and the Nomad delivered between 10 and 40 watts, depending on how much of it was shaded either by nearby buildings or the occasional cloud. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "The New Goal Zero Yeti 500X is Great for Weekend Warriors and Remote Employees," 14 Apr. 2020 Still, cracks appeared as the weekend approached, as the weather turned sunny and some residents were spotted holding picnics, while others reported receiving citations for going to parks. Anchorage Daily News, "Inside the long days of California’s great lockdown, glimpse America’s stay-at-home future," 22 Mar. 2020 Besides a chilly Friday, the rest of the weekend in Louisville should be sunny and warmer, according to the NWS. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "River Road in downtown Louisville is closed as the Ohio River rises," 14 Feb. 2020 The metro area will be sunny and a little shy of 40 degrees on Monday as the clock ticks toward a new year, according to the National Weather Service. Tom Mcghee, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: Mostly sunny week ahead but cold for those ringing in the New Year outdoors," 30 Dec. 2019 Looking ahead to the weekend, Saturday should be sunny and cold, with highs in the lower 30s, and there will be plenty of sunshine on Sunday, too, with highs in the upper 30s., "We could see more snow on Friday afternoon, but it shouldn’t amount to much.," 5 Dec. 2019 In fact, the National Weather Service predicts that most of the rest of Thanksgiving weekend should be sunny and warm, but a cold front will move in late Sunday, bringing what could be the coldest temperatures of the season so far. Kate Santich,, "Black Friday weather for Orlando? Such a deal!," 28 Nov. 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 29 May. 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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