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cheery

[cheer-ee] /ˈtʃɪər i/
adjective, cheerier, cheeriest.
1.
in good spirits; gay.
2.
promoting cheer; enlivening.
Origin of cheery
1840-1850
1840-50; cheer + -y1
Related forms
cheerily, adverb
cheeriness, noun
uncheerily, adverb
uncheeriness, noun
uncheery, adjective
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  • But this is Burton, by some accounted a morose person, but by those who knew him intimately a cheery and witty companion.

    Oxford Frederick Douglas How
  • And so Michaelis dreams of a world like a beautiful and cheery hospital.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • Hooked rugs, reflecting the cheery tone of the room in their varied colors, covered the dark, polished floor.

    Janet Hardy in Hollywood Ruthe S. Wheeler
  • Tony Cornish had a cheery way with him which made other men talk.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • They built fences, they dug ditches, they ploughed and they planted, cheery as robins.

British Dictionary definitions for cheery

cheery

/ˈtʃɪərɪ/
adjective cheerier, cheeriest
1.
showing or inspiring cheerfulness
Derived Forms
cheerily, adverb
cheeriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for cheery
adj.

mid-15c., from cheer (n.) + -y (2). The colloquial alternative to cheerful. Related: Cheerily; cheeriness.

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