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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Right in time for the Fourth of July, Genevieve Ko brings us three sunny variations on dessert bars. Bill Addison,, "How a roaming restaurant critic landed in Los Angeles," 29 June 2019 Brewed onsite in a variety of flavors and styles — Sam’s Calistoga Pilsner and Sam’s Spring Water Hazy IPA, among them — these suds are are tailor-made for afternoon sipping on the sunny deck. Amber Turpin, The Mercury News, "Napa Valley weekend: Calistoga wining, dining and spas," 29 June 2019 Usually swarm in February and March, depending on weather, usually on a sunny afternoon after rain. Doreen Christensen,, "Termite tips: How to identify, kill and prevent the voracious pests," 10 June 2019 Anthony Church in Hartford on a sunny, unseasonably warm winter day. M.a.c. Lynch,, "Love story: Waiting for a kidney, this couple found a perfect match in each other," 9 June 2019 And while Record Store Day, which takes place April 13 this year, is usually more focused on musical tastemakers, this year a sunny, yellow shark swam in with the other releases. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Soon You'll Be Able to Own "Baby Shark" on Vinyl Thanks to Record Store Day," 4 Mar. 2019 High pressure over the upper Great Lakes will ridge southeastward into Connecticut on Monday bringing a partly sunny sky and comfortable humidity as the dew point drops from near 60 degrees around sunrise to the mid-50s by the late morning., "Weather for Monday, June 17," 17 June 2019 The last day of the weekend calls for mostly sunny skies during the day with a 40 percent chance of rain with a high of 81 degrees and a low of 53 degrees. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: Warm temperatures, some rainfall expected in the city, with heavy rain and hail in the plains, mountains," 16 June 2019 The high pressure also prevents precipitation from forming and leads to clear, sunny skies. Brandon Miller, CNN, "Greenland lost 2 billion tons of ice yesterday, which is very unusual," 14 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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