cheery

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj cheery bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer "a cheery hello","a gay sunny room","a sunny smile"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Cheery Displaying evident cheerfulness; cheerful; lively; gay; bright; pleasant; as, a cheery person; a cheery hello. "His cheery little study, where the sunshine glimmered so pleasantly."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cheery Showing cheerfulness or good spirits; blithe; gay; sprightly; jocund: as, a cheery tone of voice; always cheery and in good humor.
    • cheery Having power to make gay; promoting cheerfulness; enlivening.
    • cheery Synonyms Cheerful, Cheery. When cheerful means producing cheer, it is only by what seems distinct metonymy, as in such phrases as ‘the cheerful beams of the sun,’ ‘a cheerful fire.’ Cheery is coming into increasing use, representing cheerfulness in its more active forms or manifestations, and especially that cheerfulness which is contagious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Cheery cheerful: promoting cheerfulness
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. chiere, the countenance—Low L. cara, the face.

Usage

In literature:

I can only say what I think,' replied the old nurse, whose usually cheery face was puckered up with anxiety and fright.
"Sarah's School Friend" by May Baldwin
We can spread cheer by merely wearing a cheery face.
"Evening Round Up" by William Crosbie Hunter
May, from her couch in her dressing-room heard the rector's cheery voice in the hall below asking after her.
"The Village by the River" by H. Louisa Bedford
A cheery activity pervaded the place.
"Love Among the Chickens" by P. G. Wodehouse
The youngsters soon began to warm up, and all became cheery.
"The Grammar School Boys Snowbound" by H. Irving Hancock
Peggy, running in and out of the vicarage, would always find a smile awaiting, and a cheery word of greeting.
"More About Peggy" by Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey
Cheery conversation added to our enjoyment, and a very happy hour was thus spent.
"By Canoe and Dog-Train" by Egerton Ryerson Young
At the same moment a cheery voice rang out from the distance.
"The Young Visiters or, Mr. Salteena's Plan" by Daisy Ashford
This will often of itself remove it; so will a cheery thought or a cheery talk.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
The policeman at the Mulberry Street door got hardly a nod for his cheery "Merry Christmas" as he passed.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
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In poetry:

Jeanie Miller, ance sae cheerie!
Ance sae happy, good and fair,
Left by Will, neist morning drearie
Taks the road o' black despair!
"The Waes O' War : Or The Upshot Of The History O' Will And Jean. In Four Parts" by Hector MacNeill
And from the roomy threshing hall
The hammer strokes ring cheery,
The plane gives forth a crunching drawl,
The rasping saw sounds weary.
"The House In The Heath" by Annette Von Droste-Hulshoff
Saw her Will, wha ance sae cheerie
Raise ilk morning wi' the lark,
Now grown mauchless, dowf and sweer aye
To look near his farm or wark;
"Scotland's Scaith, Or, The History O' Will And Jean. Owre True A Tale. In Two Parts" by Hector MacNeill
'Soldier, welcome!-- come, be cheery!
Here ye'se rest, and tak your bed--
Faint,--waes me! ye seem, and weary,
Pale's your cheek, sae lately red!'
"The Waes O' War : Or The Upshot Of The History O' Will And Jean. In Four Parts" by Hector MacNeill
Though the times be dark and dreary,
Though the way be long,
Keep your spirits bright and cheery,--
--"Bide a wee, and dinna weary!"
Is a heartsome song.
"Bide A Wee!" by John Oxenham
And he thinks God gave him a dirge-like lay,
Nor knows that the words are cheery;
And the song seems lonely and solemn—only
Because the music is dreary.
"Our Lives" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

They come in three flavors - happy apple, cheery cherry and peaceful peach.
These cheery wines are widely available and quite affordable.
Willard Spiegelman also defends Burt 's cheery style.
One-quart cheery tomatoes 1 pound Slipper lobster tail meat grilled and minced ¼ cup Minced green onion 1table spoon minced hot red pepper ½ cup Quality mayonnaise Fresh limejuice from one lime Salt and pepper to taste Fresh chive to garnish.
Karmin first wowed us with their bright, cheery renditions of pop hits, so it's only fitting that the video for their title track off debut LP Hello would be equally light and chipper.
Cheery pom poms dangle by the hundreds from handloom-woven draperies.
Doesn't all that holiday cheer get a little… well, too cheery.
Property taxes, distracting driving, PERS funding, a cheery holiday ride, Bowl dilemma .
Black and white stripes, plus a pop of cheery yellow, give the actress a classic look as she promotes her latest flick, Bachelorette.
In all, it's an unfortunate pattern for this cheery little shop, nestled in the heart of Tucson and dear to the hearts of local pagans .
" Chores are a bore, but perhaps the cuckooing fauna of this cheery clothes stand will quiet the dulcet chorus of "Aw, Ma, do I hafta.".
This cheery cake doubles as a festive table centerpiece.
Come July, Phoenicians forget about the kindness and good will and the holiday spirit, swapping those cheery things for uncomfortable amounts of sweat and heat-induced grumpiness.
'Cheery' outdoor tree brightens Shiloh neighborhood.
The Sweet Shop is a cheery little nook on a residential street, where bikes pile up after school as kids scoop bulk candy out of glass jars.
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