(Cheer"ful) a. Having or showing good spirits or joy; cheering; cheery; contented; happy; joyful; lively; animated; willing.
To entertain a cheerful disposition.
The cheerful birds of sundry kind
Do chant sweet music.
A cheerful confidence in the mercy of God.
This general applause and cheerful shout.
Syn. Lively; animated; gay; joyful; lightsome; gleeful; blithe; airy; sprightly; jocund; jolly; joyous; vivacious; buoyant; sunny; happy; hopeful.
(Cheer"ful*ly), adv. In a cheerful manner, gladly.
(Cheer"ful*ness), n. Good spirits; a state of moderate joy or gayety; alacrity.
(Cheer"i*ly) adv. In a cheery manner.
(Cheer"i*ness), n. The state of being cheery.
(Cheer"ing*ly) adv. In a manner to cheer or encourage.
(Cheer"is*ness), n. Cheerfulness. [Obs.]
There is no Christian duty that is not to be seasoned and set off with cheerishness.
(Cheer"less), a. Without joy, gladness, or comfort.
Cheer"less*ly, adv. Cheer"less*ness, n.
My cheerful day is turned to cheerless night.
Syn. Gloomy; sad; comfortless; dispiriting; dicsconsolate; dejected; melancholy; forlorn.
(Cheer"ly) a. Gay; cheerful. [Obs.] Shak.
(Cheer"ly), adv. Cheerily. [Archaic] Tennyson.
(Cheer"ry) a. Cheerful; lively; gay; bright; pleasant; as, a cheery person.
His cheery little study, where the sunshine glimmered so pleasantly.
(Cheese) n. [OE. chese, AS. cese, fr. L. caseus, LL. casius. Cf. Casein.]
1. The curd of milk, coagulated usually with rennet, separated from the whey, and pressed into a solid
mass in a hoop or mold.
2. A mass of pomace, or ground apples, pressed together in the form of a cheese.
3. The flat, circular, mucilaginous fruit of the dwarf mallow [Colloq.]
4. A low courtesy; so called on account of the cheese form assumed by a woman's dress when she
stoops after extending the skirts by a rapid gyration. De Quincey. Thackeray.
Cheese cake, a cake made of or filled with, a composition of soft curds, sugar, and butter. Prior.
Cheese fly (Zoöl.), a black dipterous insect (Piophila casei) of which the larvæ or maggots, called skippers
or hoppers, live in cheese. Cheese mite (Zoöl.), a minute mite (Tryoglyhus siro) in cheese and
other articles of food. Cheese press, a press used in making cheese, to separate the whey from