sunny side


the part upon which sunlight falls: the sunny side of the house.
a pleasant or hopeful aspect or part: the sunny side of life.
some age less than one specified: You're still on the sunny side of thirty.



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Origin of sunny side

First recorded in 1825–35

Words nearby sunny side Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for sunny side

  • The poor Mexicans were huddled on the sunny-side of their dugouts and dobys, wrapped in their blankets.

    The Adventures of Two Alabama Boys|H. J. Crumpton and Washington Bryan Crumpton
  • About sundown Poe met his two companions, at Sunny-side, but was no wiser than when he had left them.

    A Texas Cow Boy|Chas. A. Siringo

British Dictionary definitions for sunny side

sunny side


the cheerful aspect or point of viewlook on the sunny side of things
on the sunny side of informal younger than (a specified age)
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Idioms and Phrases with sunny side

sunny side


The pleasant or cheerful aspect of something, as in Beth always sees the sunny side of events like graduations. This idiom alludes to the area on which sunlight falls. [First half of 1800s]


on the sunny side of. At an age less than, younger than, as in He's still on the sunny side of forty. [Second half of 1800s]


sunny-side up. Fried so that the yolk remains intact and uppermost, as in I ordered my eggs sunny-side up and you brought me scrambled eggs. This expression transfers the appearance of the sun to that of an egg yolk. [c. 1900]

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