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"cheerful" in British English

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cheerfuladjective

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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cheerfully
adverb uk   /ˈtʃɪə.fəl.i/ us   /ˈtʃɪr.fəl.i/
B2 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.
cheerfulness
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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cheerfuladjective

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.
cheerfully
adverb us   /ˈtʃɪər·fə·li/
Jonas cheerfully agreed to sleep on the sofa.
cheerfulness
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)
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