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1. Being in or characterized by good spirits; merry. See Synonyms at glad1.
2. Promoting a feeling of cheer; pleasant: a cozy, cheerful room.

cheer′ful·ly adv.
cheer′ful·ness n.
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1. having a happy disposition; in good spirits
2. pleasantly bright; gladdening: a cheerful room.
3. hearty; ungrudging; enthusiastic: cheerful help.
ˈcheerfully adv
ˈcheerfulness n
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(ˈtʃɪər fəl)

1. full of cheer; in good spirits.
2. conducive to cheer; pleasant; bright: cheerful surroundings.
3. expressive of good spirits: a cheerful song.
4. wholehearted; ungrudging: a cheerful giver.
cheer′ful•ly, adv.
cheer′ful•ness, n.
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1. 'glad'

If you are glad about something, you are pleased about it.

I'm so glad that you passed the exam.
She seemed glad of the chance to leave early.
2. 'happy'

You can also say that you are happy about something when you are pleased about it.

She was happy that his sister was coming.

If someone is contented and enjoys life, you say that they are happy.

She always seemed such a happy woman.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'glad' with this meaning, and don't use 'glad' in front of a noun. Don't say, for example, 'She always seemed such a glad woman'.

3. 'cheerful'

If someone shows that they are happy by smiling and laughing a lot, you say that they are cheerful.

The men stayed cheerful and determined even when things got difficult.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.cheerful - being full of or promoting cheer; having or showing good spirits; "her cheerful nature"; "a cheerful greeting"; "a cheerful room"; "as cheerful as anyone confined to a hospital bed could be"
happy - enjoying or showing or marked by joy or pleasure; "a happy smile"; "spent many happy days on the beach"; "a happy marriage"
glad - showing or causing joy and pleasure; especially made happy; "glad you are here"; "glad that they succeeded"; "gave a glad shout"; "a glad smile"; "heard the glad news"; "a glad occasion"
cheerless, depressing, uncheerful - causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy; "the economic outlook is depressing"; "something cheerless about the room"; "a moody and uncheerful person"; "an uncheerful place"
2.cheerful - pleasantly (even unrealistically) optimisticcheerful - pleasantly (even unrealistically) optimistic
optimistic - expecting the best in this best of all possible worlds; "in an optimistic mood"; "optimistic plans"; "took an optimistic view"
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1. happy, bright, contented, glad, optimistic, bucked (informal), enthusiastic, sparkling, gay, sunny, jolly, animated, merry, upbeat (informal), buoyant, hearty, cheery, joyful, genial, jaunty, chirpy (informal), sprightly, blithe, light-hearted They are both very cheerful in spite of their circumstances.
happy down, low, sad, depressed, unhappy, miserable, gloomy, dismal, melancholy, lifeless, dejected, despondent, downcast, morose, pensive, down in the dumps (informal)
2. pleasant, bright, sunny, gay, enlivening The room is bright and cheerful.
pleasant depressing, dull, unpleasant, gloomy, dismal, cheerless
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1. Being in or showing good spirits:
2. Providing joy and pleasure:
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مُبْتَهٍج، مُفْرِحمَرِح
glaîvær; uppörvandi
vui mừng


[ˈtʃɪəfʊl] ADJ [person, expression, voice, atmosphere] → alegre, jovial; [occasion] → feliz; [place] → alegre, animado; [colour] → alegre, vivo; [fire] → acogedor; [news, prospect, outlook] → alentador
to be cheerful about sthalegrarse de or por algo
she felt she had nothing to be cheerful aboutsintió que no tenía nada por lo que alegrarse
she was very cheerful about moving into her new flatla idea de mudarse al nuevo piso la alegraba mucho
to feel cheerful; be in a cheerful moodestar de buen humor
see also cheap A1
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[ˈtʃɪərfʊl] adj
[voice, smile] → gai(e), joyeux/euse; [mood] → joyeux/euse; [news] → réjouissant(e)
[person] → gai(e)
to feel cheerful → se réjouir
to look cheerful → avoir l'air réjoui
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adjfröhlich, vergnügt; person alsogut gelaunt, heiter (geh); place, colour etcheiter; prospect, newserfreulich; tunefröhlich; to be cheerful about somethingin Bezug auf etw optimistisch sein; you’re a cheerful one, aren’t you? (iro)du bist (mir) vielleicht ein schöner Miesmacher (inf); that’s cheerful! (iro)das ist ja heiter!
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[ˈtʃɪəfʊl] adjallegro/a
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(tʃiə) noun
1. a shout of approval, encouragement or welcome. Three cheers for the Queen!
2. mood. Be of good cheer.
to give a shout of approval etc (to). The crowd cheered the new champion.
ˈcheerful adjective
full of, or causing, happiness. a cheerful smile; cheerful news.
ˈcheerfully adverb
ˈcheerfulness noun
ˈcheerless adjective
gloomy. a cheerless room.
cheers! interjection
1. used as a toast when drinking.
2. cheerio!.
3. thanks!.
ˈcheery adjective
lively and happy.
ˈcheerily adverb
ˈcheeriness noun
cheer up
to make or become (more cheerful). He cheered up when he saw her; The flowers will cheer her up.
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مَرِح veselý munter fröhlich ευδιάθετος jovial iloinen joyeux veseo allegro 陽気な 쾌활한 vrolijk munter pogodny animado радостный glad ที่ทำให้รู้สึกสดชื่น neşeli vui mừng 愉快的
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adj alegre
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He would talk in a cheerful accent, with an expression of goodness that bestowed pleasure even upon me.
Now I say, mother, pray don't take to going there regularly, for if I was to see your good-humoured face that has always made home cheerful, turned into a grievous one, and the baby trained to look grievous too, and to call itself a young sinner (bless its heart) and a child of the devil (which is calling its dead father names); if I was to see this, and see little Jacob looking grievous likewise, I should so take it to heart that I'm sure I should go and list for a soldier, and run my head on purpose against the first cannon-ball I saw coming my way.'
But the wood-fire is a kindly, cheerful, sociable spirit, sympathizing with mankind, and knowing that to create warmth is but one of the good offices which are expected from it.
The man is the only cheerful person in the ship's company.
She was about forty--perhaps two or three years older--with a cheerful aspect, and a face that had once been pretty.
Her eyes as stars of Twilight fair; Like Twilight's, too, her dusky hair; But all things else about her drawn From May-time and the cheerful Dawn; A dancing Shape, an Image gay, To haunt, to startle, and way-lay.
4-6) Hail, goddess, queen of well-built Salamis and sea-girt Cyprus; grant me a cheerful song.
"Oh, that is of no importance, really," replied the Rich Woman, with a cheerful smile.
He is not always cheerful, nor always contented, and she often complains of his ill-humour, which, however, of all persons, she ought to be the last to accuse him of, as he never displays it against her, except for such conduct as would provoke a saint.
Her father answered, with a cheerful firmness of conviction he could scarcely have assumed, "Quite sure, my darling!
At the entrance to the street the wind still raged and the road was thickly covered with snow, but well within the village it was calm, warm, and cheerful. At one house a dog was barking, at another a woman, covering her head with her coat, came running from somewhere and entered the door of a hut, stopping on the threshold to have a look at the passing sledge.
Thedora suspects my late misfortunes to be connected with Anna Thedorovna; but I do not care--I feel extraordinarily cheerful today.