from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Showing or suggesting good spirits; cheerful: a cheery hello.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. In a good mood, happy, cheerful
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Displaying evident cheerfulness; cheerful; lively; gay; bright; pleasant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Showing cheerfulness or good spirits; blithe; gay; sprightly; jocund: as, a cheery tone of voice; always cheery and in good humor.
- Having power to make gay; promoting cheerfulness; enlivening.
- Synonyms Cheerful, Cheery. When cheerful means producing cheer, it is only by what seems distinct metonymy, as in such phrases as ‘the cheerful beams of the sun,’ ‘a cheerful fire.’ Cheery is coming into increasing use, representing cheerfulness in its more active forms or manifestations, and especially that cheerfulness which is contagious.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer
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He spoke in what he called his cheery way, but Beth had begun to feel that there was another word which would express his manner better, and now it occurred to her.
Kat, cheery is a good word -- it is a pretty nice thing to have greet me in the kitchen every morning!
The girl nodded, and as Microby Dandeline scrambled up over the wheel and settled herself beside her upon the board that served as a seat, she called a cheery good-by, and clucked to the horses.
The nurse called a cheery greeting to a young man in a beribboned cap, and he whistled in reply.
From time to time I poked my head out into the rain, and called cheery encouragement to the reinforcements, or sent messages to Havelock - I remember one of them was that Delhi had fallen at last, and that old Johnny Nicholson had bought a bullet, poor devil.
From time to time I poked my head out into the rain, and called cheery encouragement to the reinforcements, or sent messages to Havelock — I remember one of them was that Delhi had fallen at last, and that old Johnny Nicholson had bought a bullet, poor devil.
"Oh, come here this minute, every one of you," called a cheery voice, and Nina Earl stepped through an opening in the hedge.
Peggy and Polly hung over the rail calling cheery farewells to Durand and Lowell and telling the others that they would never forgive them if they did not win the trophy.
Marshal Stone called a cheery greeting, the while his horse dropped its head to drink.
She crossed the firebreak and rode up over the ridge calling her cheery "Hoo-hoo-hoo!"
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