Sunny vs Sunlight - What's the difference?

sunny | sunlight |

As nouns the difference between sunny and sunlight

is that sunny is a sunfish while sunlight is all the electromagnetic radiation given off by the sun, especially that in the visible spectrum that bathes the earth.

As an adjective sunny

is (of weather or a day) featuring a lot of sunshine.

As an adverb sunny

is (us|regional) sunny side up.




  • (of weather or a day) Featuring a lot of sunshine.
  • Whilst it may be sunny today, the weather forecast is predicting rain.
  • (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.
  • (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.
  • Of or relating to the sun; proceeding from, or resembling the sun; brilliant; radiant.
  • * Spenser
  • sunny beams
  • * Shakespeare
  • sunny locks


    * bright; sunshiny * (place) sunlit * (person) bright, cheerful

    Derived terms

    * sunnily * sunniness * sunny side up * unsunny


  • (US, regional) sunny side up
  • Noun

  • A sunfish.
  • 1000 English basic words



  • All the electromagnetic radiation given off by the Sun, especially that in the visible spectrum that bathes the Earth.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-08, volume=407, issue=8839, page=55, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Obama goes troll-hunting , passage=The solitary, lumbering trolls of Scandinavian mythology would sometimes be turned to stone by exposure to sunlight . Barack Obama is hoping that several measures announced on June 4th will have a similarly paralysing effect on their modern incarnation, the patent troll.}}
  • (figuratively, figuratively) Brightness, hope; a positive outlook.
  • Synonyms

    * (light from the sun) sunshine