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 But partly sunny skies, with a high near 48 degrees and low about 37, are in store for Sunday, according to the National Weather Service's Louisville office. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Hey bud! Those blooms you're seeing during winter may not be bad for your plants," 10 Jan. 2020 The storms come ahead of a cold front expected to bring pleasant weather for the weekend, with highs in the upper-50s/low-60s and partly sunny skies, according to NWS. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "NWS Houston narrows timing, expands scope of severe weather threat Friday night," 9 Jan. 2020 Subscribe to the Wake Up,’s free morning newsletter, delivered to your inbox weekdays at 5:30 a.m. Weather There is a chance of showers this morning before skies clear, becoming mostly sunny. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "How have Cleveland police reformed since Tamir Rice’s death? The Wake Up for Friday, Nov. 22, 2019," 22 Nov. 2019 Some parts of the Bay Area, including downtown San Francisco, could receive a modicum of dampness again Friday morning before the clouds yield to mostly sunny skies with a smattering of clouds over the weekend. Michael Cabanatuan,, "Weather outlook: Tiny drizzle, then dry and more dry," 15 Nov. 2019 The National Weather Service expects Monday to bring mostly cloudy skies that gradually become sunny. oregonlive, "Portland metro Monday weather: Perfect fall day on the way," 14 Oct. 2019 Firefighters worked under sunny skies, but air quality was poor as smoke dispersed over much of greater Los Angeles. Fox News, "Three deaths linked to California wildfires as dropping winds help firefighters," 13 Oct. 2019 Firefighters worked under sunny skies, but air quality was poor as smoke dispersed over much of greater Los Angeles. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Authorities: 3 deaths tied to Southern California wildfires," 12 Oct. 2019 Weather extremes The Sun Devils practiced for the first time on Friday under sunny skies with the temperature at 65. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "Sun Bowl notes: With Brandon Aiyuk out, WR Geordon Porter looks to make his mark," 28 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of sunny

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Jan 2020

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“Sunny.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 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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