2. [syn: cheerful, pollyannaish, upbeat]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Cheerful \Cheer"ful\ (ch[=e]r"f[.u]l; 277), a.
Having or showing good spirits or joy; cheering; cheery;
contented; happy; joyful; lively; animated; willing.
To entertain a cheerful disposition. --Shak.
The cheerful birds of sundry kind
Do chant sweet music. --Spenser.
A cheerful confidence in the mercy of God. --Macaulay.
This general applause and cheerful shout. --Shak.
Syn: Lively; animated; gay; joyful; lightsome; gleeful;
blithe; airy; sprightly; jocund; jolly; joyous;
vivacious; buoyant; sunny; happy; hopeful.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: 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" [ant: cheerless, depressing,
2: pleasantly (even unrealistically) optimistic [syn:
cheerful, pollyannaish, upbeat]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
143 Moby Thesaurus words for "cheerful":
Leibnizian, affable, agreeable, airy, amiable, amicable, animated,
animating, beaming, beatific, beatified, blessed, blissful, blithe,
blithesome, bright, bright and sunny, buoyant, capering, carefree,
cheering, cheery, chiliastic, chirk, chirping, chirpy, chirrupy,
comfortable, compatible, complaisant, congenial, cordial, corky,
couleur de rose, cozy, dancing, debonair, desirable, dulcet,
elated, en rapport, encouraging, enjoyable, enlivening, eupeptic,
euphoric, exalted, exhilarated, exhilarating, exuberant, fair,
fair and pleasant, felicific, felicitous, fine, flushed,
flushed with joy, friendly, gay, genial, glad, gladdening,
gladsome, gleeful, glowing, good, goodly, gracious, grateful,
gratifying, happy, harmonious, heart-warming, heartening, high,
homelike, homely, homey, homish, honeyed, hopeful, in good spirits,
in high spirits, inspiring, inspiriting, intimate, invigorating,
irrepressible, jaunty, jolly, joyful, joyous, jubilant, laughing,
leaping, light-hearted, lighthearted, lightsome, likable, lively,
mellifluous, mellow, merry, millenarian, millennialistic, nice,
of good cheer, optimistic, peaceful, perfectibilitarian,
perfectionist, plain, pleasant, pleasing, pleasurable,
pleasure-giving, pleasureful, purring, radiant, rewarding, riant,
rose-colored, roseate, rosy, sanguine, sanguineous, satisfying,
simple, singing, smiling, smirking, snug, sparkling, starry-eyed,
sunny, sweet, thrice happy, unpretending, upbeat, utopian,
vivacious, welcome, winsome