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  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

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Related Words for cheerfully

willingly, optimistically, gaily, happily, merrily, gladly, pleasantly, readily, genially, gleefully, joyfully, blithely, playfully, hopefully, airily, buoyantly, elatedly, jovially, vivaciously

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Contemporary Examples of cheerfully

Historical Examples of cheerfully

  • And he had hoped so cheerfully all the time to do something.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • "And copper's up two points to-day," said Percival, cheerfully.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • "Do it good while you're doin' it," urged Uncle Peter, cheerfully.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • The constituted authorities must be cheerfully and vigorously upheld.

  • "You must have crooked ways to catch crooks, believe me," he said cheerfully.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

British Dictionary definitions for cheerfully


  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 cheerfully



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

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