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cheerful

[cheer-fuh l] /ˈtʃɪər fəl/
adjective
1.
full of cheer; in good spirits:
a cheerful person.
2.
promoting or inducing cheer; pleasant; bright:
cheerful surroundings.
3.
characterized by or expressive of good spirits or cheerfulness:
cheerful songs.
4.
hearty or ungrudging:
cheerful giving.
Origin of cheerful
late Middle English
1400-1450
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
Synonyms
1. cheery, gay, blithe, happy, joyful, joyous, buoyant, sunny, jolly. 4. generous.
Antonyms
1. miserable. 4. grudging.
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  • The village life, though rude and slow-moving, was hearty and cheerful.

  • "If you still love Paralus, I wonder you can be so quiet and cheerful," said Eudora.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • The chief room of the suite reserved for the king was the only cheerful object his majesty had seen that day.

  • At the moment she saw him cheerful, and her love looked upon him as good.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Here and there were little rustic nooks in which Romeo and Juliet would make love over a cheerful glass.

    Days and Nights in London J. Ewing Ritchie
British Dictionary definitions for cheerful

cheerful

/ˈtʃɪəfʊl/
adjective
1.
having a happy disposition; in good spirits
2.
pleasantly bright; gladdening: a cheerful room
3.
hearty; ungrudging; enthusiastic: cheerful help
Derived Forms
cheerfully, adverb
cheerfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for cheerful
adj.

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

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