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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On a sunny afternoon in mid-June, several hundred students and lecturers from the Lebanese University, in Beirut, gathered in a square outside the Prime Minister’s office. Jane Ferguson, The New Yorker, "Why Lebanon’s People Are Turning on Their Politicians," 12 July 2019 It’s time to soak up some vitamin-D. In the metro area, Friday morning clouds are expected to dissipate into a sunny afternoon with a high in the low 80s. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "'Very nice summer weekend' expected in Detroit, across Michigan," 12 July 2019 On a sunny afternoon in June, Juarez welcomes us into her Chelsea apartment, which, much like her office, is light-filled and color and pattern-happy. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Everything in this Pattern-Happy Home Office Has a Hidden Meaning," 12 July 2019 In movies, summer usually means sandy beaches, sunny afternoons spent eating ice cream, and sipping Aperol Spritzes at the pool, wild bonfire parties, tiny shorts and colorful bathing suits. Anne Cohen,, "Hit The Waves From Your Couch With These Summer Surfing Movies," 5 July 2019 On weekends and sunny afternoons, many stretches are crowded with joggers, bicyclists and dog-walkers. Michael Cabanatuan,, "At 30, the San Francisco Bay Trail continues to grow," 4 July 2019 There were many of those on a warm, sunny afternoon in the first Prefontaine Classic not held in Eugene., "Oregon Project runners Sifan Hassan and Konstanze Klosterhalfen go 1-2 in the Pre Classic’s 3,000," 30 June 2019 Meanwhile, an initial late-morning fog eventually cleared to reveal a gloriously sunny afternoon. Mosi Reeves, Billboard, "Porter Robinson's Second Sky Festival Reflected His Boundary-Pushing Taste and Personal Evolution: Recap," 17 June 2019 In honor of that possible purchase, a single F-35 flew over the White House on a sunny afternoon. Darlene Superville, Fortune, "Trump Says He Might Move 2,000 U.S. Troops to Poland," 12 June 2019

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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 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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