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[cheer-ee] /ˈtʃɪər i/
adjective, cheerier, cheeriest.
in good spirits; cheerful; happy.
promoting cheer; enlivening.
Origin of cheery
First recorded in 1840-50; cheer + -y1
Related forms
cheerily, adverb
cheeriness, noun
uncheerily, adverb
uncheeriness, noun
uncheery, adjective Unabridged
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  • "You'll see what we'll do next summer, Dad," she said cheerily.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • To this Jennie assented, and cheerily bade him good-evening.

  • cheerily, though there were none abroad to see it, shone the Maypole light that evening.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • "Let's hope that will prove to be the case with us," ventured Rob cheerily.

  • He threw open the door to the road, and hailed the driver of the fly, cheerily.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for cheerily


adjective cheerier, cheeriest
showing or inspiring cheerfulness
Derived Forms
cheerily, adverb
cheeriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for cheerily



mid-15c., from cheer (n.) + -y (2). The colloquial alternative to cheerful. Related: Cheerily; cheeriness.

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