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- adj. cheerful
- adv. cheerfully
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Gay; cheerful.
- adv. Cheerily.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Gay; cheerful; not gloomy.
- Cheerily; cheerfully; heartily; briskly.
- Lovingly; tenderly.
- Worthily; fitly.
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Things are never quickly done at sea, unless they are done with a will, or "cheerly," as the sailor's word is -- that is, cheerfully.
So that love might wear cheerly, the master away;
The lamp-light through the rafters cheerly spread,
“Ho! the fair wind! oh-ye-ho cheerly, men!” the crew singing for joy, that so promising an event should so soon have falsified the evil portends preceding it.
Pale and wan but cheerly smiling on its lonely sheltered dwelling,
The piper play'd cheerly, the cruisie burn'd bright;
A slight fear occasionally rose, to be suppressed on a second thought; and evening advanced while yet their hearts were cheerly and at rest.
The fire is burning cheerly bright, the room is snug and warm,
Spin on cheerly, little daughter, till your needful task is done,
Cheerly goes the dark road, cheerly goes the night,