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

Related Words for cheery

pleasant, bright, lively, happy, sprightly

Examples from the Web for cheery

Contemporary Examples of cheery

Historical Examples of cheery

  • "Here's where we shine," broke in a cheery voice which was sweet to the ears, just then.

  • And so Michaelis dreams of a world like a beautiful and cheery hospital.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • Tony Cornish had a cheery way with him which made other men talk.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • Her cheery partner was paddling his rosy brows with a fine handkerchief.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • Close beside us the lights of the town gleamed yellow and cheery.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

British Dictionary definitions for cheery


adjective cheerier or cheeriest

showing or inspiring cheerfulness
Derived Formscheerily, adverbcheeriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for cheery

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

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