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,' she said with a cheerful smile.
It does me good to see a cheerful young face.
2.) something that is cheerful makes you feel happy because it is so bright or pleasant
a bright, cheerful Italian restaurant
There was a cheerful, colourful picture on the wall.
The house has a cheerful atmosphere.
3.) tending to be happy most of the time
She was a cheerful and agreeable companion.
Before the accident he had been cheerful and confident.
4.) [only before noun]
a cheerful attitude shows that you are willing to do whatever is necessary in a happy way
a cheerful approach to the job
>cheerfully adv
He smiled cheerfully.
'Morning!' she called cheerfully.
>cheerfulness n [U]
cheap and cheerful atcheap1 (1)

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  • cheerful — cheerful, cheery For 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 /… …   Modern English usage

  • 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 — 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

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