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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Highs will reach the mid-70s today with mostly sunny skies. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Gov. Mike DeWine lifts restrictions on most mass gatherings in Ohio: The Wake Up for Tuesday, April 6, 2021," 6 Apr. 2021 Fortunately, mostly sunny skies will prevail across the eastern US as an area of high-pressure sets in for the weekend. Jackson Dill And Haley Brink, CNN, "A spring warmup is on the way for the East this weekend, while the Southwest bakes," 3 Apr. 2021 On second thought, maybe wait until Monday, letting people enjoy what's expected to be an unusually pleasant Easter weekend, with mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid-70s on Sunday. Katy Read, Star Tribune, "Warm, pleasant weather also carries fire risk," 3 Apr. 2021 The weekend should be a nice one, with mostly sunny skies and light winds. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Rain developing midday today; gusty winds tomorrow with wind chills in the 30s," 31 Mar. 2021 Saturday will feature mostly sunny skies and highs in the 50s and 60s., "Mostly sunny with highs in the 50s and 60s," 26 Mar. 2021 The day will begin mostly cloudy and foggy, and then gradually clear to mostly sunny skies. oregonlive, "Portland metro Tuesday weather: Mostly clear after morning frost; high 54," 16 Mar. 2021 The valley’s warm sunny days (216 a year on average) and cool nights are coveted by many winemakers, especially those specializing in Alsatian-style whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling, which put Anderson Valley on the oenophile’s map. Adam H. Graham, WSJ, "Where Can I Travel for Spring Break? Consider the Sun Belt," 19 Mar. 2021 The state earlier this week released its plan to open vaccination eligibility to all adults on April 19, and a few sunny, warm days have begun to coax residents out of their homes and winter coats., "‘We’re in a race against time to vaccinate people’: COVID-19 rates are stable in Mass., but stalled progress is a concern, experts say," 18 Mar. 2021

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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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“Sunny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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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