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[suhn-shahyn] /ˈsʌnˌʃaɪn/
the shining of the sun; direct light of the sun.
brightness or radiance; cheerfulness or happiness.
a source of cheer or happiness.
the effect of the sun in lighting and heating a place.
a place where the direct rays of the sun fall.
of or relating to sunshine laws:
sunshine rules.
fair-weather (def 2).
Origin of sunshine
1200-50; Middle English sunnesin; see sun, shine1
Related forms
sunshineless, adjective
sunshiny, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for sunshiny
Historical Examples
  • Ill be better when its all nice an warm out o doors, an sunshiny.

    In Wild Rose Time Amanda M. Douglas
  • Even under his sorrow about my mother he is as sunshiny as possible.

    Reels and Spindles Evelyn Raymond
  • Yet he was a brave, unselfish man and in all the years following that one Winter he lived cheerfully and nobly—a sunshiny life.

    The Price of the Prairie Margaret Hill McCarter
  • The evening that opened so clear and sunshiny has clouded rapidly over.

    Starlight Ranch Charles King
  • I would advise you not to buy a flashily colored glass, for it will dazzle your eyes on sunshiny days.

    Our Bird Comrades Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
  • What rivers, how sunshiny and revelling, are the Brembo and the Serio!

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems Walter Savage Landor
  • There was Giant Despair,—'in sunshiny weather he fell into fits.'

    Miss Muffet's Christmas Party Samuel McChord Crothers
  • As at some time the wind rises, so after a sunshiny day there may be a tempestuous night.

    The Wedding Ring T. De Witt Talmage
  • The Weather Bureau records show that the city averages 294 sunshiny days a year.

    The Road of a Thousand Wonders Passenger Dept. Southern Pacific Co
  • The day was a beautiful, bright, sunshiny one, with clear skies overhead.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
British Dictionary definitions for sunshiny


the light received directly from the sun
the warmth from the sun
a sunny area
a light-hearted or ironic term of address
Derived Forms
sunshiny, adjective
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Word Origin and History for sunshiny



mid-13c., from sun (n.) + shine (n.). Sunshine law in reference to U.S. open meeting legislation is recorded from 1972, from the notion of shining the light of public access on deliberations formerly held behind closed doors.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for sunshiny

Sunset Strip

noun phrase

A section of Los Angeles, along Sunset Boulevard, frequented by alienated teenagers, drug users, derelicts, and other sub-and counterculture persons (1962+)



Sunglasses; shades (1965+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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