Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

2017 Word of the Year

cheery

[cheer-ee] /ˈtʃɪər i/
adjective, cheerier, cheeriest.
1.
in good spirits; cheerful; happy.
2.
promoting cheer; enlivening.
Origin of cheery
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-50; cheer + -y1
Related forms
cheerily, adverb
cheeriness, noun
uncheerily, adverb
uncheeriness, noun
uncheery, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for cheery
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • "Here's where we shine," broke in a cheery voice which was sweet to the ears, just then.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • And so Michaelis dreams of a world like a beautiful and cheery hospital.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • Tony Cornish had a cheery way with him which made other men talk.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • Her cheery partner was paddling his rosy brows with a fine handkerchief.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • Close beside us the lights of the town gleamed yellow and cheery.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for cheery

cheery

/ˈtʃɪərɪ/
adjective cheerier, cheeriest
1.
showing or inspiring cheerfulness
Derived Forms
cheerily, adverb
cheeriness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for cheery
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for cheery

Word Value for cheery

14
13
Scrabble Words With Friends