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[cheer-fuh l] /ˈtʃɪər fəl/
full of cheer; in good spirits:
a cheerful person.
promoting or inducing cheer; pleasant; bright:
cheerful surroundings.
characterized by or expressive of good spirits or cheerfulness:
cheerful songs.
hearty or ungrudging:
cheerful giving.
Origin of cheerful
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English cherfull. See cheer, -ful
Related forms
cheerfully, adverb
cheerfulness, noun
quasi-cheerful, adjective
quasi-cheerfully, adverb
uncheerful, adjective
uncheerfully, adverb
uncheerfulness, noun
1. cheery, gay, blithe, happy, joyful, joyous, buoyant, sunny, jolly. 4. generous.
1. miserable. 4. grudging. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cheerful
  • Next it is a lively and cheerful presage of our happy success and victory.
  • It is a much more dynamic, tougher but more cheerful place.
  • Its loud, cheerful song make the western meadowlark one of the best known of western birds.
  • Start the morning with a cheerful reminder that sea levels are rising.
  • Such cheerful blooms provide a bright contrast to the house and to the sailboats that glide by the garden on glittering days.
  • The morning court session quickly turned from cheerful to gloomy.
  • Amazon's pricing strategy also reflects one of the firm's core beliefs, which is that cheap stuff makes customers cheerful.
  • Build your virtual family as firm as you build your warm, cheerful and steady home.
  • Joy and a couple of permanent staffers inhabit a cheerful clutter of exotic gear, whiteboard, and piles of books.
  • He wants to exit life in a cheerful and dignified way.
British Dictionary definitions for cheerful


having a happy disposition; in good spirits
pleasantly bright; gladdening: a cheerful room
hearty; ungrudging; enthusiastic: cheerful help
Derived Forms
cheerfully, adverb
cheerfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for cheerful

c.1400, "full of cheer," from cheer (n.) + -ful. Meaning "elevating the spirits" is from mid-15c. Related: Cheerfully; cheerfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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