cheerful

[cheer-fuhl]
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:
1400–50; late Middle English cherfull. See cheer, -ful

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.
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cheerful (ˈtʃɪəfʊl)
 
adj
1.  having a happy disposition; in good spirits
2.  pleasantly bright; gladdening: a cheerful room
3.  hearty; ungrudging; enthusiastic: cheerful help
 
'cheerfully
 
adv
 
'cheerfulness
 
n

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