Definition of cheery in English:

cheery

Line breaks: cheery
Pronunciation: /ˈtʃɪəri
 
/

adjective (cheerier, cheeriest)

Happy and optimistic: a cheery smile
More example sentences
  • Soft music would now be heard on the background, and happy and cheery voices as well.
  • He loves the wilds of Upper Wharfedale, where the locals always greet him and his crew with a cheery wave and a smile.
  • He is always ready with a cheery smile and wave, and is famous for sheltering passengers with his own umbrella.
Synonyms
jolly, happy, merry, bright, cheerful, glad, sunny, joyful, joyous, light-hearted, in high spirits, sparkling, bubbly, exuberant, ebullient, cock-a-hoop, elated, blissful, ecstatic, euphoric, gleeful, breezy, airy, sprightly, jaunty, animated, radiant, smiling, grinning, laughing, mirthful, frolicsome;
happy-go-lucky, in good spirits, carefree, unworried, untroubled, without a care in the world, full of the joys of spring;
buoyant, optimistic, hopeful, full of hope, positive, content
North American informal peart
dated gay
archaic of good cheer

Derivatives

cheerily

adverb
More example sentences
  • The other car drove by and we waved cheerily at the old men.
  • I wave cheerily to the grey-haired security man who, perhaps momentarily confused, waves back and raises the barrier.
  • Polite to the last, he cheerily refused a replacement.

cheeriness

noun
More example sentences
  • That number rings fifteen times before the human pops-on with practiced cheeriness: ‘How may I help you?’
  • In place of anything resembling cheeriness he has a wickedly dark humour, a gift for satire and an imagination powerful enough to leap the space-time continuum in his fiction.
  • One justification for his cheeriness was the knowledge that performing well against the world champion would enhance the validity of his comeback.

Definition of cheery in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day retroflex
Pronunciation: ˈretrəˌfleks
adjective
turned backward