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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
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 morning court session quickly turned from cheerful to gloomy.
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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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