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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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Examples from the Web for cheery
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  • "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


adjective cheerier, cheeriest
showing or inspiring cheerfulness
Derived Forms
cheerily, adverb
cheeriness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cheery

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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