Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “cheerful”

cheerful

adjective uk   /ˈtʃɪə.fəl/ us    /ˈtʃɪr-/
B1 happy and positive: He's usually fairly cheerful. You're in a cheerful mood this morning. She manages to stay cheerful (= happy and positive) despite everything.Feeling pleasure and happinessTaking pleasure in something B2 describes a place or thing that is bright and pleasant and makes you feel positive and happy: The doctor's waiting room was bright and cheerful with yellow walls and curtains. Turn that dreadful wailing music off and put on something cheerful.Causing pleasure
cheerfully
adverb uk   /-i/ us  
B2 She walked down the road, whistling cheerfully.humorous By the end of the evening I could cheerfully have (= I would like to have) punched him.Feeling pleasure and happinessTaking pleasure in somethingCausing pleasure
cheerfulness
noun [U] uk   /ˈtʃɪə.fəl.nəs/ us    /ˈtʃɪr-/
Pleasure and happiness
(Definition of cheerful from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of cheerful?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “cheerful”

Definitions of “cheerful” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

knack

a skill or an ability to do something easily and well

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More