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

Other Words from sunny

sunnily \ ˈsə-​nə-​lē How to pronounce sunny (audio) \ adverb
sunniness \ ˈsə-​nē-​nəs How to pronounce sunny (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.
Recent Examples on the Web Coupled with the crisp white trim, the room feels sunny year-round. Anna Fixsen, ELLE Decor, 13 May 2022 We're obsessed with the sunny, beach-y abstract print and the sporty cut. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 13 May 2022 Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 80 and a chance of showers. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 13 May 2022 Days after posing for a photo with Jeff Ruby at the 2022 Kentucky Derby, Payne headed to sunny Amelia Island, Georgia, as part of the U of L contingent attending the Atlantic Coast Conference's annual spring meetings. Brooks Holton, The Courier-Journal, 12 May 2022 One hallway is a bubble-gum pink called Puppy Love by Dulux, her house shutters are a custom sunny yellow, and her stairway spindles have a pink ombré pattern. Lindsey M. Roberts, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 Bella shrugged on a buttery-yellow biker, a sunny key-hole top, straight-leg leather trousers with white piping featuring a butterfly motif, and Coperni zip heels. Eni Subair, Vogue, 11 May 2022 There had been no major deprivations: The weather was clear and sunny, and provisions of chips and salsa were holding out. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, 10 May 2022 The situation is compounded by the region’s perpetually sunny climate, which effectively cooks vehicle exhaust and industrial emissions into lung-damaging smog and a mountainous terrain that confines the toxic haze over the region. Tony Briscoestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sunny

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 May 2022

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“Sunny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for sunny


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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