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[suhn-ee] /ˈsʌn i/
adjective, sunnier, sunniest.
abounding in sunshine:
a sunny day.
exposed to, lighted, or warmed by the direct rays of the sun:
a sunny room.
pertaining to or proceeding from the sun; solar.
resembling the sun.
cheery, cheerful, or joyous:
a sunny disposition.
Origin of sunny
1250-1300 Middle English; see sun, -y1
Related forms
sunnily, adverb
sunniness, noun
unsunny, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sunny
  • Anticyclonic curvature favors the formation of surface high pressure areas and often brings sunny weather.
  • Spring weather can quickly swing from warm to cool and from sunny to wet, so be prepared.
  • Such devices can produce a lot of electricity on a bright sunny day.
  • It is bright and sunny, and he is in an urban park next to a chain-link fence.
  • On sunny days, the salt melted and absorbed heat, cooling the air in hot weather.
  • But if you made your way to the garden around the back, it was bright and sunny.
  • On a wet trees there are lot of cases when primate gets advantage if it can grip in all weather not only when it's sunny.
  • But the news is not all sunny for bachelor's degree holders.
  • In the south winters are cool but sunny, but as one moves further north temperatures drop and snow falls.
  • Most of the country has warm, sunny days and cool nights.
British Dictionary definitions for sunny


adjective -nier, -niest
full of or exposed to sunlight
radiating good humour
of or resembling the sun
Derived Forms
sunnily, adverb
sunniness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sunny

"full of sun," c.1300, from sun (n.) + -y (2). Figurative sense of "cheerful" is attested from 1540s. Related: Sunnily; sunniness. Eggs served sunny side up first attested 1900.

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