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Language: Old English
Origin: beorht

bright

adjective
     
bright S2 W2 comparative brighter, superlative brightest
1

light

shining strongly, or with plenty of light:
Her eyes were hurting from the bright lights.
bright sunshine
a large bright room
2

sunny

if the weather is bright, the sun is shining and there is a lot of light [≠ dull]:
The weather was bright and sunny.
a bright autumn day
3

intelligent

intelligent and able to learn things quickly:
He was an exceptionally bright child.
a bright ambitious young man
He is constantly coming up with bright ideas for making money.
4

colours

bright colours are strong and easy to see:
a bright red jumper
I never wear bright colours.
5

cheerful

happy and full of energy:
Her voice was bright and cheerful.
She gave him a bright smile.
He looked up at me with bright eyes.
6

successful

if the future looks bright, you think that something will be successful [= promising]:
The school's future now looks very bright.
I'm sure the company has a bright future now.
7

as bright as a button

very intelligent and full of energy
8

look on the bright side

to see the good points in a situation that seems to be bad:
Come on, try to look on the bright side.
9

bright and early

very early in the morning:
He was up bright and early, keen to get started.
10

bright spark

informal someone who says or does something that they think is intelligent but is really wrong or stupid:
Some bright spark thought the building was on fire and called the fire brigade.
11

bright and breezy

happy and confident
12

bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

happy and full of energy
13

the bright lights

the interesting exciting life in a big city:
She missed the bright lights of London.
14

bright spot

an event or a period of time that is more pleasant when everything else is unpleasant:
The only bright spot of the weekend was our trip to the theatre.
brightly adverb:
The sun shone brightly.
brightly-coloured clothes
She smiled brightly.
brightness noun [uncountable]
WORD FOCUS: colour WORD FOCUS: colour
a particular kind of colour: shade, hint, hue

words for describing dark colours: dark, deep, rich

words for describing light colours: light, pale, soft, pastel

words for describing bright colours: bright, brilliant, vivid, garish disapproving, gaudy disapproving

having a lot of colours: colourful, multicoloured British English/multicolored American English


See also
colour
WORD FOCUS: intelligent WORD FOCUS: intelligent
similar words: clever especially BrE/smart especially AmE good at learning or understanding things quickly
bright
intelligent - used especially about young people
brilliant
a brilliant scientist, writer, student, historian etc is extremely intelligent and does very good work
brainy
informal very intelligent and good at studying
gifted
a gifted child is extremely intelligent
wise
a wise person has a lot of experience and knowledge, and can give good advice
cunning
/crafty good at using your intelligence to trick people

intelligent people: genius someone who is extremely intelligent and has great ideas
intellectual
someone who is well-educated and interested in art, science, or literature at a high level
intelligentsia
a country's intellectuals, considered as a single group


See also
intelligent
WORD FOCUS: weather WORD FOCUS: weather
good weather: sunny/fine used to describe weather or a day when there is a lot of sunshine
nice
/lovely/glorious very sunny and good
bright
if the weather is bright, the sun shines strongly
there isn't a cloud in the sky
the sky is completely clear
dry
if the weather is dry, it does not rain
fair
sunny and not windy or rainy - used especially in weather forecasts

rain: wet/rainy/damp used to describe weather or a day when there is a lot of rain
unsettled
if the weather is unsettled, it keeps changing and it often rains
drizzle
light rain which consists of very small drops of water
shower
a short period of rain
downpour
a short period when it suddenly rains very heavily

it's pouring down British English/it's pouring rain American English it is raining very hard
it's drizzling
it is raining a little, with very small drops of rain

snow: snowy used to describe weather or a day when there is a lot of snow
sleet
a mixture of snow and rain
slush
a mixture of partly melted snow and ice
hail
/hailstones frozen drops of rain, that fall as drops of ice
blizzard
a storm with a lot of snow and strong wind
frost
white powder that covers the ground when it is cold

wind: windy used to describe a day or weather when there is a lot of wind
blustery
very windy

breeze a gentle pleasant wind
hurricane
(in the Atlantic Ocean) /typhoon (in the Pacific Ocean) a violent storm with extremely strong winds

cloudy: cloudy used to describe weather or a day when there are a lot of clouds in the sky
grey
/dull cloudy and not bright
overcast
if the sky is overcast, it is very cloudy and dark, and it is likely to rain
hazy
not clear, especially because there is a slight mist caused by heat or smoke

hot: boiling/scorching/sizzling/blazing/burning/baking/broiling (hot) extremely hot
sweltering
very hot and humid
warm
a little hot, in a way that is pleasant
balmy
pleasantly warm, with a gentle wind blowing
heatwave
a period of unusually hot weather

cold: freezing (cold) extremely cold
arctic
extremely cold, usually with a lot of ice and snow
wintry
cold and snowy or rainy, like the weather in winter
crisp
if the air is crisp, it feels cold but pleasantly fresh and clear
chilly
a little too cold, in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable
cool
a little cold, in a way that is pleasant
cold snap
/cold spell a period of unusually cold weather


See also
weather

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