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cherubic

[chuh-roo-bik]
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adjective
  1. of or having the nature of a cherub, or an angel represented as a rosy-cheeked child with wings; angelic.
  2. having a plump, pretty innocence: a cherubic face and a dazzling smile.
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Sometimes che·ru·bi·cal.

Origin of cherubic

Related formsche·ru·bi·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words for cherubic

adorable, childlike, cute, innocent, sweet

Examples from the Web for cherubic

Contemporary Examples of cherubic

Historical Examples of cherubic

  • "I said that you did," answered Jessie, with an affectation of cherubic simplicity.

    Devil's Ford

    Bret Harte

  • “In truth you are old, buona madre,” said the cherubic boy, in a sweet soprano.

    Romola

    George Eliot

  • "No see nobody, sar," replied the man with cherubic simplicity.

    Gold Out of Celebes

    Aylward Edward Dingle

  • Some of the cherubic figures are a compound of ox, eagle, lion, and man.

    The Bible: what it is

    Charles Bradlaugh

  • She was on the wide veranda, swinging the cherubic boy in the hammock.

    The Road to Understanding

    Eleanor H. Porter


Word Origin and History for cherubic

adj.

1620s, from cherub + -ic. Earlier was cherubical (c.1600).

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