Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Exposed to or abounding in sunshine.
  • adjective Cheerful; genial.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A familiar name of the common sunfish, or pumpkin-seed, Pomotis (Eupomotis) gibbosus, and related species. See cut under sunfish.
  • Like the sun; shining or dazzling with light, luster, or splendor; radiant; bright.
  • Proceeding from the sun: as, sunny beams.
  • Exposed to the rays of the sun; lighted up, brightened, or warmed by the direct rays of the sun: as, the sunny side of a hill or building.
  • Figuratively, bright; cheerful; cheery: as, a sunny disposition.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to the sun; proceeding from, or resembling the sun; hence, shining; bright; brilliant; radiant.
  • adjective Exposed to the rays of the sun; brightened or warmed by the direct rays of the sun.
  • adjective Cheerful; genial.
  • noun (Zoöl.) See sunfish (b).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Featuring a lot of sunshine.
  • adjective of a place Receiving a lot of sunshine.
  • adjective figuratively Cheerful.
  • adverb US, regional sunny side up
  • noun A sunfish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From sun +‎ -y.

Examples

  • They also point out, while Senator McCain, they say, has a good, strong record on fiscal responsibility, the environment, some examples, "The Dallas Morning News" writes that it has pause about Senator McCain, noting his age -- he is 71 years old -- also his temperament, saying that it differs from what it calls the sunny side brand of conservatism offered by Mike Huckabee.

    CNN Transcript Mar 2, 2008

  • As she looked at him she had a fancy that she was leaving him in a lonely place -- she who was going back to what he called the sunny paths.

    The Visioning

  • My mother-in-law (who lives in sunny NC) found out she was severely deprived when her doc ran a routine blood screening.

    And On The Seven-Hundredth Day, She Rested | Her Bad Mother

  • But, you say, you're still back in sunny Saskatchewan?

    Boomers in Paradise: Living in Puerto Vallarta

  • CDC: Americans in sunny states happiest, N.Y. least

    Happiness may help your heart

  • You'll find similar scenes at stadiums across the country, not just at Staples Center in sunny Southern California or US Airways Center in the Arizona desert.

    Sports Stadiums Turn To Solar Power

  • Originally from northern New Jersey, he now lives in sunny central Florida.

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  • A live auction will be taking place January 16-17 at the Pasadena Convention Center in sunny California.

    For sale: One used Viper

  • Taking off from the classic film “Revenge of the Nerds”, the writers decided to put the nerds in sunny Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where they run into the same old enemies and engage in the same old sex-jinks.

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  • You'll find similar scenes at stadiums across the country, not just at Staples Center in sunny Southern California or US Airways Center in the Arizona desert.

    Sports Stadiums Turn To Solar Power

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  • "Thank God today is SUNNY.

    'Look,' I shouted, kneeling and pointing a quivering finger aloft, 'the sun, I tell 'ee it's the sun. People says ois darft, I tell 'ee that's the sun. I 'eard people in England say if they sees the sun they report it to the police.'

    'Yes, yes,' says Bombardier Fuller. 'And that,' he says, pointing, 'is a shovel. Start fucking digging.'"

    - Spike Milligan, 'Mussolini: My Part In His Downfall'.

    April 25, 2009