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From Middle English sunni, equivalent to sun +‎ -y. Cognate with Saterland Frisian sunnich (sunny), Dutch zonnig (sunny), German Low German sünnig (sunny), German sonnig (sunny).



sunny (comparative sunnier, superlative sunniest)

  1. (of weather or a day) Featuring a lot of sunshine.
    Whilst it may be sunny today, the weather forecast is predicting rain.
  2. (of a place) Receiving a lot of sunshine.
    the sunny side of a hill
    I would describe Spain as sunny, but it's nothing in comparison to the Sahara.
  3. (figuratively, of a person or a person's mood) Cheerful.
    a sunny disposition
    • Shakespeare
      My decayed fair / A sunny look of his would soon repair.
    • Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge
      A gleam of sun shining through the unsashed window, and chequering the dark workshop with a broad patch of light, fell full upon him, as though attracted by his sunny heart.
  4. Of or relating to the sun; proceeding from, or resembling the sun; brilliant; radiant.
    • Edmund Spenser
      sunny beams
    • William Shakespeare
      sunny locks


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sunny (not comparable)

  1. (US, regional) sunny side up


sunny (plural sunnies)

  1. A sunfish.