cheerful

[cheer-fuhl]

adjective

full of cheer; in good spirits: a cheerful person.
promoting or inducing cheer; pleasant; bright: cheerful surroundings.
characterized by or expressive of good spirits or cheerfulness: cheerful songs.
hearty or ungrudging: cheerful giving.

Nearby words

  1. cheep,
  2. cheer,
  3. cheer on,
  4. cheer up,
  5. cheerer-upper,
  6. cheerfully,
  7. cheerio,
  8. cheerlead,
  9. cheerleader,
  10. cheerleading

Origin of cheerful

First recorded in 1400–50, cheerful is from the late Middle English word cherfull. See cheer, -ful

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British Dictionary definitions for cheerfulness

cheerful

adjective

having a happy disposition; in good spirits
pleasantly bright; gladdeninga cheerful room
hearty; ungrudging; enthusiasticcheerful help
Derived Formscheerfully, adverbcheerfulness, noun

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Word Origin and History for cheerfulness

cheerful

adj.

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

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