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Webster 1913 Edition


Cheerful

Cheer′ful

(chēr′fụl; 277)
,
Adj.
Having or showing good spirits or joy; cheering; cheery; contented; happy; joyful; lively; animated; willing.
To entertain a
cheerful
disposition.
Shakespeare
The
cheerful
birds of sundry kind
Do chant sweet music.
Spenser.
A
cheerful
confidence in the mercy of God.
Macaulay.
Syn. – Lively; animated; gay; joyful; lightsome; gleeful; blithe; airy; sprightly; jocund; jolly; joyous; vivacious; buoyant; sunny; happy; hopeful.

Webster 1828 Edition


Cheerful

CHEERFUL

, a.
1.
Lively; animated; having good spirits; moderately joyful. This is the most usual signification of the word, expressing a degree of animation less than mirth and jollity.
2.
Full of life; gay; animated; mirthful; musical; as the cheerful birds.
3.
Expressive of good spirits or joy; lively; animated.
A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance. Prov. 15.

Definition 2021


cheerful

cheerful

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cheerful (comparative more cheerful, superlative most cheerful)

  1. Noticeably happy and optimistic.
  2. Bright and pleasant.
    They enjoyed a cheerful room.
    • 1893, Walter Besant, The Ivory Gate, chapter III:
      At half-past nine on this Saturday evening, the parlour of the Salutation Inn, High Holborn, contained most of its customary visitors. [] In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.

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