Definition of sunny side in US English:

sunny side

noun

  • 1The side of something that receives the sun for longest.

    ‘a well-known hotel on the sunny side of the island’
    • ‘Pitch camp on the high ground facing the sunny side; and joining battle in the hills, do not ascend to engage the enemy.’
    • ‘This property is on the sunny side of Fitzwilliam Terrace, a row of redbrick houses on Upper Rathmines Road.’
    • ‘This three-bedroom property is situated on the sunny side of a quiet road off Nutley Lane.’
    • ‘The north side of the Green, the sunny side that connects the top of Grafton Street with Merrion Row, was known as Beaux Walk in the 18th century, because this was where the beaux and the belles paraded themselves.’
    • ‘When you are flying you to will keep to the sunny side of the cliffs.’
    • ‘Crossing to the relatively less sunny side of the street, she leaned into a shadow for relief.’
    • ‘We will spend quality time on the sunny side of the Alps, with craggy bright-white mountains jutting out of smooth grassy meadows.’
    • ‘While the rocks' sunny sides are dark and manganese rich, their ground-facing surfaces are often stained orange by iron oxides in the soil.’
    • ‘Maui was divided into two sides: One side was rain almost always, but the side they lived on was the sunny side.’
    1. 1.1 The more cheerful or pleasant aspect of a state of affairs.
      ‘he was fond of the sunny side of life’
      • ‘Can you explain this comment and what you think may be the sunny side of species extinction?’
      • ‘If rights talk is the sunny side of western law, corruption is the dark side.’
      • ‘You go blind if you stare at the sunny side of things for too long.’
      • ‘We don't usually see it because we see the perfection of his final pieces and the sunny side of his persona as an internationally renowned designer.’

Phrases

  • sunny side up

    • (of an egg) fried on one side only.

      • ‘‘I'll have your two eggs meal with bacon and I'd like my eggs sunny side up,’ Joy answered, looking up at the waitress so that she could understand her words clearly.’
      • ‘Paco gets a plate piled high with scrambled eggs and I get two sunny side up.’
      • ‘On a more mindless note, I wondered if one could actually fry eggs, sunny side up, on the sidewalk.’
      • ‘My platter arrived with three eggs, sunny side up the way I had ordered them, toast, homefries and a sizeable bowl of baked beans.’
      • ‘As I sat there I began thinking about the first time I went to an American diner and froze when asked what way did I want my eggs served, sunny side up, over easy, etc.’
      • ‘You like your eggs sunny side up, right Dylan?’
      • ‘At the sight of the eggs fried sunny side up, she felt bile rise within her.’
      • ‘I'm making them sunny side up, just like you like them…’
      • ‘When I was eleven, Gerald's shirtsleeve caught on fire while he was frying eggs sunny side up.’
      • ‘Two fried eggs, sunny side up with the yolk not too runny.’

Pronunciation

sunny side

/ˈsəni saɪd/