[ cheer-fuhl ]
/ ˈtʃɪər fəl /


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.

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


/ (ˈtʃɪəfʊl) /


having a happy disposition; in good spirits
pleasantly bright; gladdeninga cheerful room
hearty; ungrudging; enthusiasticcheerful help

Derived Forms

cheerfully, adverbcheerfulness, noun
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