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 Dictionary entry overview: What does cheerful mean? 

CHEERFUL (adjective)
  The adjective CHEERFUL has 2 senses:

1. being full of or promoting cheer; having or showing good spirits
2. pleasantly (even unrealistically) optimistic

  Familiarity information: CHEERFUL used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

CHEERFUL (adjective)

Sense 1cheerful [BACK TO TOP]


Being full of or promoting cheer; having or showing good spirits

Context examples:

her cheerful nature / a cheerful greeting / a cheerful room / as cheerful as anyone confined to a hospital bed could be


cheery; gay; sunny (bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer)

chipper; debonair; debonaire; jaunty (having a cheerful, lively, and self-confident air)

cheering (bringing cheer or gladness)

buoyant; chirpy; perky (characterized by liveliness and lightheartedness)

blithe; blithesome; light-hearted; lighthearted; lightsome (carefree and happy and lighthearted)

beamish; smiling; twinkly (smiling with happiness or optimism)

beaming; glad (cheerful and bright)

glad (showing or causing joy and pleasure; especially made happy)


glad (showing or causing joy and pleasure; especially made happy)

happy (enjoying or showing or marked by joy or pleasure or good fortune)


cheer; cheerfulness; sunniness; sunshine (the quality of being cheerful and dispelling gloom)


cheerless (lacking cheer; depressing)

Sense 2cheerful [BACK TO TOP]


Pleasantly (even unrealistically) optimistic


pollyannaish; upbeat; cheerful


optimistic (expecting the best in this best of all possible worlds)

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