One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he arrived looking relaxed and cheerful’
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
jovial, genial, good-humoured
happy-go-lucky, carefree, unworried, untroubled, without a care in the world, full of the joys of spring
buoyant, optimistic, hopeful, full of hope, positive
informal upbeat, chipper, chirpy, peppy, smiley, sparky, zippy, zingy, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, full of beans, full of vim and vigour
North American informal peart
literary jocund, gladsome, blithe, blithesome
archaic of good cheer
2‘primary colours make for a cheerful family room’
pleasant, attractive, agreeable, cheering, uplifting, bright, sunny, happy, friendly, welcoming, homelike, comfortable
3‘he supported our scheme with cheerful generosity’
eager, keen, enthusiastic, happy, glad, ready, willing, obliging, cooperative, compliant, complying, acquiescent, agreeing, assenting, ungrudging
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