Definition of cheerfulness in US English:



  • 1The quality or state of being noticeably happy and optimistic.

    ‘her brand of hearty cheerfulness’
    ‘it's hard to be grumpy in the face of their resolute cheerfulness’
    • ‘For some reason her uncharacteristic cheerfulness irritated him beyond belief.’
    • ‘Your courage, your cheerfulness, your resolution will bring us victory.’
    • ‘The tone of her voice has dropped from utter cheerfulness to sheer depression.’
    • ‘Her chirpy cheerfulness cannot disguise the seriousness of her vocation.’
    • ‘He landed in a broad clearing near a stream, but his cheerfulness was soon tempered by caution.’
    • ‘Over the past several days, nothing could alter her constant cheerfulness.’
    • ‘When Macbeth arrives, she urges him to feign cheerfulness at the feast.’
    • ‘The peace of slumber over her face replaced the normal cheerfulness she constantly radiated.’
    • ‘She has a sweet naiveté that actually sells Pollyanna's cheerfulness without seeming haughty.’
    • ‘She sighed, not wanting to be the one to end his cheerfulness.’
    1. 1.1 The quality of causing happiness.
      ‘the cheerfulness from the fire’
      ‘the overall cheerfulness of the film’
      • ‘Pictures cluttered the fireplace mantle, beyond which a spirited blaze gave cheerfulness and vitality to the small sitting room.’
      • ‘He, not I, should be credited with the innovation and cheerfulness of the whole operation.’
      • ‘The cheerfulness extends to the look of the film, in particular to its vulgar and loving recreation of an imaginary Swinging London.’
      • ‘There was a lot of cheerfulness written into the script.’
      • ‘The city is a place of discipline as well as a place of cheerfulness.’
      • ‘She is equally impressive when barreling through old standards like "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" and the clang-clang cheerfulness of "The Trolley Song."’
      • ‘Far from the Disney cheerfulness of Orlando, this sleepy town lies hard against the Georgia border in the northernmost region of the panhandle.’
      • ‘In addition to cheerfulness, yellow can also convey caution, optimism, idealism, cowardice, and imagination.’
      • ‘There is even a vein of cheerfulness in the sprightly music that frames the piece.’
      • ‘At the very onset, you can feel the warmth, cheerfulness, or gloom of a site.’