- cheerful, cheeryFor 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 / cheerful cries / a cheerful greeting / a cheerful time) and occasionally places (a cheerful room). It also occurs in the informal fixed expression cheap and cheerful, meaning ‘simple but practical’, and is used more generally with the notion of tolerant good humour (e.g a cheerful acceptance of the inevitable). Cheery, which Dr Johnson called ‘a ludicrous word’, is more colloquial, is suggestive of high spirits, and is used to describe a person, mood, demeanour, voice, etc.
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Cheerful — Cheer ful (ch[=e]r f[.u]l; 277), a. Having or showing good spirits or joy; cheering; cheery; contented; happy; joyful; lively; animated; willing. [1913 Webster] To entertain a cheerful disposition. Shak. [1913 Webster] The cheerful birds of… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
cheerful — [chir′fəl] adj. 1. full of cheer; joyful 2. filling with cheer; bright and attractive [a cheerful room] 3. willing; ready [a cheerful helper] SYN. HAPPY cheerfully adv. cheerfulness n … English World dictionary
cheerful — ► ADJECTIVE 1) noticeably happy and optimistic. 2) bright and pleasant: a cheerful room. DERIVATIVES cheerfully adverb cheerfulness noun … English terms dictionary
cheerful — index ready (willing), sanguine Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
cheerful — (adj.) c.1400, full of cheer, from CHEER (Cf. cheer) (n.) + FUL (Cf. ful). Meaning elevating the spirits is from mid 15c. Related: Cheerfully; cheerfulness … Etymology dictionary
cheerful — lighthearted, joyful, joyous, *glad, happy Analogous words: jolly, jovial, *merry, blithe, jocund: mirthful, gleeful (see corresponding nouns at MIRTH): gay, vivacious, *lively, animated Antonyms: glum, gloomy Contrasted words: *sullen, saturnine … New Dictionary of Synonyms
cheerful — [adj] happy airy, animated, blithe, bouncy, bright, bucked, buoyant, cheery, chipper, chirpy, contented, effervescent, enlivening, enthusiastic, full of pep, gay, glad, gladsome, good humored, good natured, hearty, high, hilarious, hopeful, in… … New thesaurus
cheerful — cheer|ful [ˈtʃıəfəl US ˈtʃır ] adj 1.) happy, or behaving in a way that shows you are happy ▪ She was feeling more cheerful than before. ▪ I m making a real effort to be cheerful despite everything. cheerful voice/smile/manner etc ▪ I m Robyn,… … Dictionary of contemporary English
cheerful — adjective 1 behaving in a way that shows you are happy, for example by smiling or being very friendly: Despite feeling ill, she managed to keep cheerful. | a cheerful grin/smile/face (=showing that you are happy): Nancy gave me a cheerful grin… … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
cheerful — [[t]tʃɪ͟ə(r)fʊl[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Someone who is cheerful is happy and shows this in their behaviour. They are both very cheerful in spite of their colds... Jack sounded quite cheerful about the idea. Syn: cheery Derived words: cheerfully ADV… … English dictionary