From cheer +‎ -ly.


cheerly (comparative more cheerly, superlative most cheerly)

  1. (archaic) gay; cheerful; not gloomy
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, As You Like It, II. vi. 13:
      Thou lookest cheerly, and I'll be with / thee quickly.
    • 1841, Mrs. Gore (Catherine Grace Frances), Cecil: Or, The Adventures of a Coxcomb: A Novel - Volume 1 - Page 100:
      The first thing that roused me from my meditations, was a cheerly voice that saluted me as I was approaching Tattersall's; round whose gates a detachment of tilburies, stanhopes, and led-horses were clustered."


cheerly (comparative more cheerly, superlative most cheerly)

  1. (archaic) cheerily; cheerfully; heartily; briskly
    • 1597, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of King Richard the Second, I. iii. 66:
      But lusty, young, and cheerly drawing breath.
    • 1818, Archibald Johnston, The Mariner: A Poem in Two Cantos, page 15:
      He cheerly passes, quaffs the social glass,
      Propines the winds, or toasts some blooming lass.