adjective, cheer·i·er, cheer·i·est.

in good spirits; cheerful; happy.
promoting cheer; enlivening.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cheerily

Contemporary Examples of cheerily

  • She says they cheerily took it back and told her she had a little over $1,400 in store credit.

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    The Nice Thing About Larry Hagman

    Megan McArdle

    November 27, 2012

  • In the press room, an official from the Public Information Office stood on a chair and cheerily gave us the rules.

  • “I am a hippie girl with anger issues, I get it,” Drew Barrymore said cheerily, while talking about her new film, Whip It!

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    Roller Girl

    Nicole LaPorte

    October 1, 2009

  • In his new book, Chris Hedges says this attitude proves America has cheerily waved goodbye to reality once and for all.

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    Me, As Seen On TV

    Mansfield Frazier

    August 12, 2009

  • "Here's to Less" one ad is cheerily but somewhat ominously headlined.

Historical Examples of cheerily

  • "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

showing or inspiring cheerfulness
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper