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[cheer-ee] /ˈtʃɪər i/
adjective, cheerier, cheeriest.
in good spirits; gay.
promoting cheer; enlivening.
Origin of cheery
1840-50; cheer + -y1
Related forms
cheerily, adverb
cheeriness, noun
uncheerily, adverb
uncheeriness, noun
uncheery, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for cheery
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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


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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