Definition of cheerful in English:



  • 1Noticeably happy and optimistic.

    ‘how can she be so cheerful at six o'clock in the morning?’
    ‘a cheerful voice’
    • ‘You seem a very cheerful, positive person, but does it still upset you when you think back?’
    • ‘The young woman who served me in the Co-op was cheerful and smiling, too, as were the people in other shops.’
    • ‘He always remained the same happy cheerful bloke despite his success.’
    • ‘A shy and gentle person, always cheerful and happy, she will be sadly missed by all who knew her.’
    • ‘However he had a happy disposition and bore his disability with a cheerful smile.’
    • ‘It was hard to get him to focus, but he was such a cheerful and happy kid that none of the counselors could get mad at him when he didn't.’
    • ‘She asked all of these things in one breath, and had added a cheerful ditzy laugh at the end.’
    • ‘He is bright-eyed, cheerful and almost always shares a smile with those around him.’
    • ‘His prose is fluid and witty, a cheerful tale that has the reader laughing out loud from beginning to end.’
    • ‘Matthew's cheerful voice broke through her melancholy mood and she stood up to find him running down the track.’
    • ‘She mainly supplied drinks, chit chat, and that disturbingly cheerful smile of hers.’
    • ‘He had always been happy, always cheerful, and it hurt her to see him in this kind of state.’
    • ‘If my body is contented and my soul is confident, then I will be cheerful, and being cheerful is the key to being happy.’
    • ‘His voice was cheerful and he knelt down so that he was kind of near her eye level.’
    • ‘Hundreds of other children in the camp look cheerful and play in the sand, but their smiles are deceiving.’
    • ‘They made a cheerful racket, chattering away and laughing all the while.’
    • ‘They heard his cheerful voice coming from within as he hailed the proprietor of the establishment.’
    • ‘He is someone who starts off bright, cheerful and confident and then has everything taken away from him.’
    • ‘Linda was a bubbly, happy, cheerful girl who came from a big loving family.’
    • ‘It was swept instantly aside by the receptionist, who was bright, cheerful and completely helpful.’
    happy, jolly, merry, bright, glad, sunny, joyful, joyous, light-hearted, in good spirits, in high spirits, sparkling, bubbly, exuberant, ebullient, cock-a-hoop, elated, gleeful, breezy, airy, cheery, sprightly, jaunty, animated, radiant, smiling, grinning, laughing, mirthful, frolicsome
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    1. 1.1Causing happiness by its nature or appearance.
      ‘a chatty, cheerful letter’
      ‘the room was painted in cheerful colors’
      • ‘The problem with this cheerful notion is that circumstances militate against nature in the big city.’
      • ‘But can anyone recommend a nice, cheerful, colourful movie for us to watch next?’
      • ‘The sight was a most charming and cheerful thing, and would lift the spirits of even the most leaden cynic.’
      • ‘Lurking just below the surface, they are traps for the unwary and their cheerful colour is a magnet for children.’
      • ‘This cheerful, amusing picture appeared before my eyes this morning and made me smile.’
      • ‘He wants to buy a big old house with cheerful colours and a large garden for the children.’
      • ‘Something told us that I would need to wear something bright and cheerful to get on with my day.’
      • ‘Tulips are irrepressibly cheerful flowers, and beloved symbols of spring and renewal.’
      • ‘Plenty of windows and another set of sliding patio doors make this area bright and cheerful.’
      • ‘True, it was the weekend and the pub was full and happy, which is a cheerful and sustaining sight.’
      • ‘My local radio Station played cheerful music all day to brighten up Bristol.’
      • ‘However, the efforts made by all the town folk to present a bright and cheerful image in other ways has paid off.’
      • ‘I can see no good reason why a bloke's workshop shouldn't be a bright and cheerful place in which to work.’
      • ‘You can keep your optimistic outlook and make your work area as cheerful as possible.’
      • ‘The color of the house was cheerful yellow, bright enough to make fall still seem like summer.’
      • ‘The trousers were still a relatively bright and garish red, the button a chipped but cheerful yellow.’
      • ‘The decor is bright and cheerful with lots of mirrors to give the illusion of space.’
      • ‘There's also a bright and cheerful breakfast room, which used to be a pub.’
      • ‘The lights were bright and cheerful, contrasting the heaviness of his own soul.’
      • ‘The public, on the other hand, may respond more positively to tidy and cheerful graffiti.’
      pleasant, attractive, agreeable, cheering, uplifting, bright, sunny, happy, friendly, welcoming, homelike, comfortable
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