without cheer; joyless; gloomy: drab, cheerless surroundings.

Origin of cheerless

First recorded in 1570–80; cheer + -less
Related formscheer·less·ly, adverbcheer·less·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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dreary, gloomy, or pessimistic
Derived Formscheerlessly, adverbcheerlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for cheerless

"devoid of comfort," 1570s, from cheer (n.) + -less. Related: Cheerlessly; cheerlessness.

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