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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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Examples for cheerfulness
  • So although old people tend to be less healthy than younger ones, their cheerfulness may help counteract their crumbliness.
  • Misadventure piles on misadventure, but he bears it all with a grim cheerfulness and stubborn courage.
  • cheerfulness, tact, communication skills and the ability to inspire customer confidence are other important personal attributes.
  • The junior staff is equally gifted and has worked eighty hours a week with a cheerfulness and enthusiasm that is truly inspiring.
  • Sudden cheerfulness after a prolonged period of depression.
  • She converses with fluency and cheerfulness and a magnificent way.
British Dictionary definitions for cheerfulness

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 cheerfulness
cheerful
c.1400, "full of cheer," from cheer (q.v.) + -ful. Meaning "elevating the spirits" is from mid-15c. Related: Cheerfully; cheerfulness.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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