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glad happy cheerful
If you are glad about something, you are pleased about it.
You can also say that you are happy about something when you are pleased about it.
If someone is contented and enjoys life, you say that they are happy.
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'.
If someone shows that they are happy by smiling and laughing a lot, you say that they are cheerful.
|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"
|2.||cheerful - 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"
happy down, low, sad, depressed, unhappy, miserable, gloomy, dismal, melancholy, lifeless, dejected, despondent, downcast, morose, pensive, down in the dumps (informal)
cheerful[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 sth → alegrarse de or por algo
she felt she had nothing to be cheerful about → sintió que no tenía nada por lo que alegrarse
she was very cheerful about moving into her new flat → la idea de mudarse al nuevo piso la alegraba mucho
to feel cheerful; be in a cheerful mood → estar de buen humor
see also cheap A1