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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
  • Some characters always followed the cheery puppies and rainbows, while some always appeared after the aversive sewage and spiders.
  • The bold, cheery music of the robins always seems typical of the bold, cheery birds themselves.
  • It's no wonder a game this bright and cheery has drawn in players from all walks of life.
  • The room is painted a cheery bright green and his children's toy boxes line the walls.
  • Two aromatic shrubs add cheery spots of color among our woodlands when they are otherwise drab and bare.
  • My messengers quite often carried cheery letters to relatives as a cover for their mission.
  • It is bright and cheery, with a fire truck reading area donated by the fire department.
  • His cheery smile and delightful wit are enjoyed by all.
  • cheery flowers adorn this undemanding shrub throughout the summer.
  • But behind this cheery façade the edifice is creaking.
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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