1) ADJ-GRADED Someone who is cheerful is happy and shows this in their behaviour.

They are both very cheerful in spite of their colds...

Jack sounded quite cheerful about the idea.

Derived words:
cheerfully ADV-GRADED ADV with v

`We've come with good news,' Pat said cheerfully...

She greeted him cheerfully.

cheerfulness N-UNCOUNT oft adj N

I remember this extraordinary man with particular affection for his unfailing cheerfulness.

2) ADJ-GRADED Something that is cheerful is pleasant and makes you feel happy.

The nursery is bright and cheerful, with plenty of toys.

3) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe someone's attitude as cheerful, you mean they are not worried about something, and you think that they should be.

There is little evidence to support many of Mr Will's cheerful assumptions.

Derived words:
cheerfully ADV ADV before v

...cheerfully ignoring medical advice which could have prolonged his life.

English dictionary. 2008.


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