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sunshine

[suhn-shahyn]
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noun
  1. the shining of the sun; direct light of the sun.
  2. brightness or radiance; cheerfulness or happiness.
  3. a source of cheer or happiness.
  4. the effect of the sun in lighting and heating a place.
  5. a place where the direct rays of the sun fall.
adjective
  1. of or relating to sunshine laws: sunshine rules.
  2. fair-weather(def 2).

Origin of sunshine

1200–50; Middle English sunnesin; see sun, shine1
Related formssun·shine·less, adjectivesun·shin·y, adjective
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Examples from the Web for sunshiny

Historical Examples

  • As at some time the wind rises, so after a sunshiny day there may be a tempestuous night.

    The Wedding Ring

    T. De Witt Talmage

  • The day was a beautiful, bright, sunshiny one, with clear skies overhead.

    Mary Gray

    Katharine Tynan

  • It was a mild, sunshiny morning, with little wind, and that from the northeast.

    The Wreck of the Titan

    Morgan Robertson

  • Even under his sorrow about my mother he is as sunshiny as possible.

    Reels and Spindles

    Evelyn Raymond

  • It is in our working hours that we should seek to be cheerful and sunshiny.

    The Girl Wanted

    Nixon Waterman


British Dictionary definitions for sunshiny

sunshine

noun
  1. the light received directly from the sun
  2. the warmth from the sun
  3. a sunny area
  4. a light-hearted or ironic term of address
Derived Formssunshiny, adjective
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

Word Origin and History for sunshiny

sunshine

n.

mid-13c., from sun (n.) + shine (n.). Sunshine law in reference to U.S. open meeting legislation is recorded from 1972, from the notion of shining the light of public access on deliberations formerly held behind closed doors.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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