adjective (cheerier; -est) Date: 15th century 1. marked by cheerfulness or good spirits 2. causing or suggesting cheerfulness <
cheery music
cheerily adverbcheeriness noun

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  • Cheery — Cheer y, a. Displaying evident cheerfulness; cheerful; lively; gay; bright; pleasant; as, a cheery person; a cheery hello. Syn: pleasant, sunny. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5] His cheery little study, where the sunshine glimmered so pleasantly.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cheery — (adj.) mid 15c., from CHEER (Cf. cheer) + Y (Cf. y) (2). The colloquial alternative to CHEERFUL (Cf. cheerful). Related: Cheerily; cheeriness …   Etymology dictionary

  • cheery — ► ADJECTIVE (cheerier, cheeriest) ▪ happy and optimistic. DERIVATIVES cheerily adverb cheeriness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • cheery — [chir′ē] adj. cheerier, cheeriest cheerful; lively; bright cheerily adv. cheeriness n …   English World dictionary

  • cheery — UK [ˈtʃɪərɪ] / US [ˈtʃɪrɪ] adjective Word forms cheery : adjective cheery comparative cheerier superlative cheeriest feeling or showing happiness Jack was his usual cheery self. a cheery face/smile/voice Derived words: cheerily adverb She rode… …   English dictionary

  • cheery — cheer|y [ˈtʃıəri US ˈtʃıri] adj happy or making you feel happy ▪ She gave me a cheery smile . ▪ He left them with a cheery wave . >cheerily adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cheery — cheer|y [ tʃıri ] adjective feeling or showing happiness: CHEERFUL: Jack was his usual cheery self. a cheery face/smile/voice ╾ cheer|i|ly adverb: She rode off, waving cheerily. ╾ cheer|i|ness noun uncount …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cheery — [[t]tʃɪ͟əri[/t]] cheerier, cheeriest ADJ GRADED If you describe a person or their behaviour as cheery, you mean that they are cheerful and happy. She was cheery and talked to them about their problems. Syn: cheerful Derived words: cheerily ADV… …   English dictionary

  • cheery — adjective cheerful, or making you feel happy: a cheery greeting | Oh she s fine, as cheery as ever. cheerily adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • cheery — cheerful, cheery For the ordinary meanings ‘full of cheer, cheering, gladdening’, cheerful is the usual word, and can be applied to a person or a person s appearance or disposition, as well as to utterances and activities (e.g. cheerful banter /… …   Modern English usage

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