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adjective, cheer·i·er, cheer·i·est.
  1. in good spirits; cheerful; happy.
  2. promoting cheer; enlivening.
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Origin of cheery

First recorded in 1840–50; cheer + -y1
Related formscheer·i·ly, adverbcheer·i·ness, nounun·cheer·i·ly, adverbun·cheer·i·ness, nounun·cheer·y, adjective
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  • "You'll see what we'll do next summer, Dad," she said cheerily.


    W. A. Fraser

  • To this Jennie assented, and cheerily bade him good-evening.

  • Cheerily, though there were none abroad to see it, shone the Maypole light that evening.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • "Let's hope that will prove to be the case with us," ventured Rob cheerily.

  • He threw open the door to the road, and hailed the driver of the fly, cheerily.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

British Dictionary definitions for cheerily


adjective cheerier or cheeriest
  1. showing or inspiring cheerfulness
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Derived Formscheerily, adverbcheeriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for cheerily



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

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