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"cheerful" in British English

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cheerfuladjective

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.B2 used to ​describe a ​place or thing that is ​bright and ​pleasant and makes you ​feelpositive and ​happy: The doctor's ​waitingroom was ​bright and cheerful with ​yellowwalls and ​curtains. Turn that ​dreadfulwailingmusic off and put on something cheerful.

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cheerfully
adverb uk   us   /-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-/
(Definition of cheerful from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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 ​feelpositive and ​happy: The ​guestbedroom 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 ​longhours of ​work is ​surprising.
(Definition of cheerful from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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