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I wasn't the best waitress in the world, but I was cheerful and worked hard.
Lucy Alibar

Meaning of "cheerful" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF CHEERFUL

cheerful  [ˈtʃɪəfʊl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF CHEERFUL

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Cheerful is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES CHEERFUL MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Cheering

Cheering is the uttering or making of sounds encouraging, stimulating or exciting to action, indicating approval or acclaiming or welcoming persons, announcements of events and the like. The word cheer meant originally face, countenance, expression, and came through Old French into Middle English in the 13th century from Low Latin cara, head; this is generally referred to the Greek καρα;. Cara is used by the 6th-century poet Flavius Cresconius Corippus, Postquam venere verendam Caesilris ante caram. Cheer was at first qualified with epithets, both of joy and gladness and of sorrow; compare She thanked Dyomede for ale... his gode chere with If they sing... tis with so dull a cheere. An early transference in meaning was to hospitality or entertainment, and hence to food and drink, good cheer. The sense of a shout of encouragement or applause is a late use. Defoe speaks of it as a sailor's word, and the meaning does not appear in Johnson.

Definition of cheerful in the English dictionary

The first definition of cheerful in the dictionary is having a happy disposition; in good spirits. Other definition of cheerful is pleasantly bright; gladdening. Cheerful is also hearty; ungrudging; enthusiastic.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH CHEERFUL


careful
ˈkɛəfʊl
characterful
ˈkærɪktəfʊl
colorful
ˈkʌləfʊl
colourful
ˈkʌləfʊl
direful
ˈdaɪəfʊl
earful
ˈɪəfʊl
fearful
ˈfɪəfʊl
flavorful
ˈfleɪvəfʊl
flavourful
ˈfleɪvəfʊl
humorful
ˈhjuːməfʊl
ireful
ˈaɪəfʊl
masterful
ˈmɑːstəfʊl
powerful
ˈpaʊəfʊl
prayerful
ˈprɛəfʊl
saucerful
ˈsɔːsəfʊl
sneerful
ˈsnɪəfʊl
tearful
ˈtɪəfʊl
uncheerful
ʌnˈtʃɪəfʊl
unfearful
ʌnˈfɪəfʊl
wonderful
ˈwʌndəfʊl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE CHEERFUL

cheer
cheerer
cheerfully
cheerfulness
cheerier
cheeriest
cheerily
cheeriness
cheering
cheeringly
cheerio
cheerishness
cheerlead
cheerleader
cheerless
cheerlessly
cheerlessness
cheerly
cheers
cheery

WORDS THAT END LIKE CHEERFUL

all-powerful
barful
carful
dipperful
drawerful
dropperful
flowerful
humourful
hungerful
jarful
matterful
pitcherful
platterful
quiverful
showerful
slumberful
superpowerful
tumblerful
udderful
ultrapowerful

Synonyms and antonyms of cheerful in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «CHEERFUL»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «cheerful» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of cheerful

Translation of «cheerful» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF CHEERFUL

Find out the translation of cheerful to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of cheerful from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «cheerful» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

愉快的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

jovial
570 millions of speakers

English

cheerful
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

हंसमुख
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

مَرِح
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

радостный
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

animado
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

আনন্দিত
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

joyeux
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Ceria
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

fröhlich
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

陽気な
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

쾌활한
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Nyenengake
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

vui mừng
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

மகிழ்ச்சியான
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

आनंदी
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

neşeli
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

allegro
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

pogodny
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

радісний
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

vesel
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ευδιάθετος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

vrolike
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

glad
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

munter
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of cheerful

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «CHEERFUL»

The term «cheerful» is very widely used and occupies the 18.133 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «CHEERFUL» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «cheerful» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «cheerful» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about cheerful

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10 QUOTES WITH «CHEERFUL»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word cheerful.
1
Karen Abbott
Vaudeville was characterized by sunny optimism, acts that were uplifting, cheerful, and clean. It provided a fanciful, magical escape, but after Black Friday, the tone of American entertainment changed almost overnight.
2
George Matthew Adams
A cheerful frame of mind, reinforced by relaxation... is the medicine that puts all ghosts of fear on the run.
3
Amos Bronson Alcott
To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent that is to triumph over old age.
4
Thomas Bailey Aldrich
To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent - that is to triumph over old age.
5
Lucy Alibar
I wasn't the best waitress in the world, but I was cheerful and worked hard.
6
Thomas Arnold
One's age should be tranquil, as childhood should be playful. Hard work at either extremity of life seems out of place. At midday the sun may burn, and men labor under it; but the morning and evening should be alike calm and cheerful.
7
Saint Augustine
O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.
8
Isaac Barrow
He who loveth a book will never want a faithful friend, a wholesome counsellor, a cheerful companion, or an effectual comforter.
9
Jacques Barzun
I have always been - I think any student of history almost inevitably is - a cheerful pessimist.
10
Maeve Binchy
Happiness is in our own hearts. I have no regrets of anything in the past. I'm totally cheerful and happy, and I think that a lot of your attitude is not in the circumstances you find yourself in, but in the circumstances you make for yourself.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «CHEERFUL»

Discover the use of cheerful in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to cheerful and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Sunbathing in the Rain: A Cheerful Book about Depression
This book offers practical hints on how to get better (diet, helpful pieces of music) alongside quotations, ranging from sentences on crisp packets, to prayers, from Russian orthodox writings on silence to collections of slang.
Gwyneth Lewis, 2006
2
Cheerful-by Request
The editor paid for the lunch (as editors do).
Edna Ferber, 2009
3
In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving
But until now, Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy have never told this astonishing tale in their own way and with their own words. For Leigh Anne and Sean, it all begins with family.
Leigh Anne Tuohy, Sean Tuohy, Sally Jenkins, 2010
4
Cheerful Sacrifice: The Battle of Arras, 1917
Cheerful Sacrifice tells the story of the spring offensive of April - May 1917, otherwise known as the Battle of Arras.
Jonathan Nicholls, 2005
5
Mr. Cheerful
Over 150 million copies sold worldwide! Mr. Cheerful walks through life with a smile on his face, but he’s got a less-than-cheerful secret to hide.
Roger Hargreaves, 2002
6
Reasons to Be Cheerful: From Punk to New Labour Through the ...
These memoirs tell the story of a political activist. In every major event of the last twenty-five years, Mark Steel has managed to play an extremely minor role.
Mark Steel, 2001
7
Cheerful Weather for the Wedding
A novella first published in 1932 features the activities of Dolly and her bustling oblivious mother as the bride-to-be gets ready to marry the wrong man on a brisk March day in England.
Julia Frances Strachey, 2009
8
A Cheerful Heart: Life Is Not A Bowl of Cherries, So Stay ...
Now, she shares the story of her life in order to encourage others to search for the help they need and the solutions to their own challenging situations help is there, if you only look.
Diana Holt, 2010
9
Reasons to Be Cheerful: The Life and Work of Barney Bubbles
A celebration of the life and work of one of the greatest designers of recent times, the mysterious and tragic cult figure Barney Bubbles.
Paul Gorman, 2011
10
A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith: Anglican Religious ...
This enlightening book examines the physical objects found in elite Virginia households of the eighteenth century to discover what they can tell us about their owners’ lives and religious practices.
Lauren F. Winner, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «CHEERFUL»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term cheerful is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Make your trailer cheerful but rugged
Dear Debbie: We have retired to an Airstream trailer so that we can travel around the country. We'd like to make it cheerful, but it also needs to ... «Wausau Daily Herald, Jul 15»
2
Parents pay tribute to 'cheerful' April and call for campaign action
THE parents of seven-year-old April Reeves, who died in a tragic accident in Locking, say her death will 'not be in vain' as they pay tribute to ... «Weston & Somerset Mercury, Jul 15»
3
Debra Allcock Tyler: My reasons not to be cheerful
So here are my reasons not to be cheerful, part 1 ... The Minister When Rob Wilson was reappointed as Minister for Civil Society in the late ... «Third Sector, Jul 15»
4
Smiths Group gives its new chief 7.5 million reasons to be cheerful
The new boss of Smiths Group has hit a £7.5 million jackpot after the industrial conglomerate staged an executive raid on its fellow FTSE 100 ... «The Times, Jul 15»
5
Reasons to be Cheerful
This summer hasn't exactly been one to scream and shout about, on more than one front. First of all, we've lost fan favourites Adam Bogdan, ... «Lion of Vienna Suite, Jul 15»
6
Jaswir plays a cheerful, positive bahu
She will play Nikhil Ratnaparkhi's wife Nutty, a bubbly and cheerful person, in 'Krishan Kanhaiya'. Jaswir is glad she is getting to portray ... «Times of India, Jul 15»
7
Thousands bask in sun, music, cheerful atmosphere at Kyiv picnic to …
An estimated 3,000 revelers descended on Kyiv International School Stadium for the annual Fourth of July picnic to celebrate American ... «Kyiv Post, Jul 15»
8
Four reasons to be cheerful if Greece stumbles out of the euro
If Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras had a couple of drachma for every time someone had predicted that his country was about to tumble out ... «MoneyWeek, Jul 15»
9
Why 2015/16 offers West Ham fans reasons to be cheerful
Since Sam Allardyce finally parted ways with the Hammers after ending the 2014/15 campaign in less than convincing style last season, West ... «FootballFanCast.com, Jul 15»
10
HOTLINE: Reasons to be cheerful, by Rio Tinto's Sam
"Even my grandchildren call me Sam." There are plenty of reasons to be cheerful, for those who can look beyond... All material subject to strictly ... «Metalbulletin.com, Jul 15»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Cheerful [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/cheerful>. Apr 2020 ».
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