cheerful, cheery
For the ordinary meanings ‘full of cheer, cheering, gladdening’, cheerful is the usual word, and can be applied to a person or a person's appearance or disposition, as well as to utterances and activities (e.g. cheerful banter / cheerful cries / a cheerful greeting / a cheerful time) and occasionally places (a cheerful room). It also occurs in the informal fixed expression cheap and cheerful, meaning ‘simple but practical’, and is used more generally with the notion of tolerant good humour (e.g a cheerful acceptance of the inevitable). Cheery, which Dr Johnson called ‘a ludicrous word’, is more colloquial, is suggestive of high spirits, and is used to describe a person, mood, demeanour, voice, etc.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Cheery — Cheer y, a. Displaying evident cheerfulness; cheerful; lively; gay; bright; pleasant; as, a cheery person; a cheery hello. Syn: pleasant, sunny. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5] His cheery little study, where the sunshine glimmered so pleasantly.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cheery — (adj.) mid 15c., from CHEER (Cf. cheer) + Y (Cf. y) (2). The colloquial alternative to CHEERFUL (Cf. cheerful). Related: Cheerily; cheeriness …   Etymology dictionary

  • cheery — ► ADJECTIVE (cheerier, cheeriest) ▪ happy and optimistic. DERIVATIVES cheerily adverb cheeriness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • cheery — [chir′ē] adj. cheerier, cheeriest cheerful; lively; bright cheerily adv. cheeriness n …   English World dictionary

  • cheery — UK [ˈtʃɪərɪ] / US [ˈtʃɪrɪ] adjective Word forms cheery : adjective cheery comparative cheerier superlative cheeriest feeling or showing happiness Jack was his usual cheery self. a cheery face/smile/voice Derived words: cheerily adverb She rode… …   English dictionary

  • cheery — cheer|y [ˈtʃıəri US ˈtʃıri] adj happy or making you feel happy ▪ She gave me a cheery smile . ▪ He left them with a cheery wave . >cheerily adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cheery — cheer|y [ tʃıri ] adjective feeling or showing happiness: CHEERFUL: Jack was his usual cheery self. a cheery face/smile/voice ╾ cheer|i|ly adverb: She rode off, waving cheerily. ╾ cheer|i|ness noun uncount …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cheery — [[t]tʃɪ͟əri[/t]] cheerier, cheeriest ADJ GRADED If you describe a person or their behaviour as cheery, you mean that they are cheerful and happy. She was cheery and talked to them about their problems. Syn: cheerful Derived words: cheerily ADV… …   English dictionary

  • cheery — adjective cheerful, or making you feel happy: a cheery greeting | Oh she s fine, as cheery as ever. cheerily adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • cheery — adjective (cheerier; est) Date: 15th century 1. marked by cheerfulness or good spirits 2. causing or suggesting cheerfulness < cheery music > • cheerily adverb • cheeriness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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