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- sun-shine (archaic)
In the Coverdale Bible in 1535, in Genesis and Exodus about 1250 as Middle English sunnesine; synchronically sun + shine.
sunshine (usually uncountable, plural sunshines)
- The direct rays, light or warmth of the sun.
- 1976, “Everybody Loves the Sunshine”, performed by Roy Ayers Ubiquity:
- Sunshine, everybody loves the sunshine / Sunshine, folks get down in the sunshine / Sunshine, folks get brown in the sunshine
- A location on which the sun's rays fall.
- We moved out of the shade and into the sunshine.
- 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter II, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., […], →OCLC:
- Out again into the sunshine by the wide mouth of the Green River, as the chart named the brook whose level stream scarce moved into the lake. A streak of blue shot up it between the banks, and a shrill pipe came back as the kingfisher hastened away.
- (figurative) Geniality or cheerfulness.
- I enjoyed the sunshine of her smile.
- 1971, Bill Withers (lyrics and music), “Ain't No Sunshine”:
- Ain't no sunshine when she's gone / Only darkness every day
- A source of cheerfulness or joy.
- 1972, Stevie Wonder (lyrics and music), “You Are the Sunshine of My Life”, in Talking Book:
- You are the sunshine of my life / That's why I'll always be around / You are the apple of my eye / Forever you'll stay in my heart
- The effect which the sun has when it lights and warms some place.
- (UK) Friendly form of address often reserved for juniors.
- Alright sunshine, safe to cross now.
- (UK) Ironic form of address used to an inferior or troublemaker.
- OK, sunshine, listen up and listen good. There's five vandalised telephone boxes out there and I know you're responsible.
- (humorous) Used to address someone who has just woken up and/or is very sleepy.
- Good morning, sunshine!
- (slang, uncountable, uncommon) Ellipsis of orange sunshine.
direct rays of the sun
location on which the sun's rays fall
source of cheerfulness or joy
effect of the sun
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sunshine (not comparable)
- (chiefly US) Open to and permitting public access, especially with regard to activities that were previously closed-door or back-room meetings.
- Because of the sunshine law, we could go to the planning meeting.
permitting public access
permitting public access
- ^ Chambers Dictionary of Etymology, Robert K. Barnhart (ed.), Chambers, 1988
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