Meaning of “cheerful” in the English Dictionary

"cheerful" in British English

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uk /ˈtʃɪə.fəl/ us /ˈtʃɪr.fəl/

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.

B2 used to describe 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.

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adverb uk /ˈtʃɪə.fəl.i/ us /ˈtʃɪr.fəl.i/


She walked down the road, whistling cheerfully.
UK humorous By the end of the evening I could cheerfully have (= I would like to have) punched him.
noun [ U ] uk /ˈtʃɪə.fəl.nəs/ us /ˈtʃɪr.fəl.nəs/

(Definition of “cheerful” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cheerful" in American English

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us /ˈtʃɪər·fəl/

happy and positive in feeling or attitude:

a cheerful face/spirit
He was a cheerful man with a kind word for everybody.

If a thing or place is cheerful, it is pleasant and friendly and is likely to make you feel positive and happy:

The guest bedroom was bright, airy, and cheerful, overlooking the garden.
adverb us /ˈtʃɪər·fə·li/

Jonas cheerfully agreed to sleep on the sofa.
noun [ U ] us /ˈtʃɪər·fəl·nəs/

Her cheerfulness after long hours of work is surprising.

(Definition of “cheerful” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)