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cheerful

[cheer-fuh l]
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adjective
  1. full of cheer; in good spirits: a cheerful person.
  2. promoting or inducing cheer; pleasant; bright: cheerful surroundings.
  3. characterized by or expressive of good spirits or cheerfulness: cheerful songs.
  4. hearty or ungrudging: cheerful giving.
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Origin of cheerful

First recorded in 1400–50, cheerful is from the late Middle English word cherfull. See cheer, -ful
Related formscheer·ful·ly, adverbcheer·ful·ness, nounqua·si-cheer·ful, adjectivequa·si-cheer·ful·ly, adverbun·cheer·ful, adjectiveun·cheer·ful·ly, adverbun·cheer·ful·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. cheery, gay, blithe, happy, joyful, joyous, buoyant, sunny, jolly. 4. generous.

Antonyms

1. miserable. 4. grudging.
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  • Percival was being forced to cheerfulness in spite of himself.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • "Let us hope so," said the captain, recovering his cheerfulness.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Till then we must submit with what fortitude and cheerfulness we may.

  • But she had not so much share in her own cheerfulness as her poor aunts had in their misery.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • But a touch of cheerfulness appeared in his tones as he proceeded.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana


British Dictionary definitions for cheerfulness

cheerful

adjective
  1. having a happy disposition; in good spirits
  2. pleasantly bright; gladdeninga cheerful room
  3. hearty; ungrudging; enthusiasticcheerful help
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Derived Formscheerfully, adverbcheerfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for cheerfulness

cheerful

adj.

c.1400, "full of cheer," from cheer (n.) + -ful. Meaning "elevating the spirits" is from mid-15c. Related: Cheerfully; cheerfulness.

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