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 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 After Hurricane Irma stirred up pollution and killed off vegetation in the sunny fertile crescent, the stage was likely set. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "What’s an algae bloom and how did it wind up sliming Florida’s biggest lake?," 10 July 2018 And yet the house is sunny and overwhelmingly cheery, even cozy at times. Ruth La Ferla, The Seattle Times, "In “Incredibles 2,” the Parr house is the breakout star," 9 July 2018 By courtesy of Germany, Spain and Argentina's failures (and Adnan Januzaj's second half curler), England, now squarely on the sunny side of the draw, have the possibility of avoiding one of those sides that normally knock us out before the final., "Panic Stations: We Need to Talk About England's Knockout Record Before It Comes Home on July 15," 2 July 2018 The custard is blanketed by a luscious layer of Pecorino Toscano fondue, and topped with a sunny-side-up quail egg and black truffle shavings. Jean Trinh, Los Angeles Magazine, "Culina’s New Head Chef Is Bringing Tuscany to L.A. in the Way Only a Tuscan Could," 24 Apr. 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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