Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Exposed to or abounding in sunshine: a sunny room.
  • adj. Cheerful; genial: a sunny smile.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Featuring a lot of sunshine.
  • adj. Receiving a lot of sunshine.
  • adj. Cheerful.
  • adv. sunny side up
  • n. A sunfish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • n. A familiar name of the common sunfish, or pumpkin-seed, Pomotis (Eupomotis) gibbosus, and related species. See cut under sunfish.

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

  • adj. bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer

Etymologies

From sun +‎ -y. (Wiktionary)

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

  • 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.

    Top 10 Worst Sequels » Scene-Stealers

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

    BREAKFAST • by James Hartley

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

    Boomers in Paradise: Living in Puerto Vallarta

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

    For sale: One used Viper

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Happiness may help your heart

  • Well, just two days ago I was in sunny 70 degree weather, but it's back to reality!

    Back in the game again

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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