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[cheer-lis] /ˈtʃɪər lɪs/
without cheer; joyless; gloomy:
drab, cheerless surroundings.
Origin of cheerless
1570-80; cheer + -less
Related forms
cheerlessly, adverb
cheerlessness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cheerless
  • It may get lucky: the upward drift of top people's income may weaken in a cheerless recovery.
  • By this time they have arrived at her home, a cheerless, poor cottage set off by itself.
  • The film will not cheer you up, but there is no denying the expertise with which it invites you to join the club of the cheerless.
  • How many sink into the sordid hut of cheerless poverty.
  • There was no light in the old cottage that night-the heart of its occupant was dark and cheerless.
  • Despite being given a maid and luxurious surroundings, she feels trapped inside the cheerless walls.
  • It's time to face the fact that the cheerless slog of winter has begun.
  • The history of this case is lengthy, complex and cheerless.
  • Where, though the bard may wake, he finds no cheerless.
British Dictionary definitions for cheerless


dreary, gloomy, or pessimistic
Derived Forms
cheerlessly, adverb
cheerlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for cheerless

"devoid of comfort," 1570s, from cheer (n.) + -less. Related: Cheerlessly; cheerlessness.

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