Abandoned as a newborn infant in a shoe box and left behind an Italian restaurant in an English city in 1965, Rebecca is adopted by a cheerless couple who have little feel for parenting.
The other rooms were just too large and empty, making them both joyless and cheerless for most of the time.
A cheerless Christmas was suddenly transformed into a very festive one and our bunker started to give off alcohol fumes and cigar smoke, and this, plus our raucous singing, drew the attention of the occupants of nearby bunkers.
It looks oddly bleak and cheerless - and if you look carefully you can see that where the water splashes down, it has frozen into a mound of ice.
A grey, wet, cheerless , Paris day bought with it the need for a self-indulgent treat.
Despite meagre attempts to beautify the grounds with flowers and shrubs, there was no denying that this was a grim and cheerless place.
The four anaemic trees along Bedford Hill only emphasise the cheerless prospect.
The walls and floors were of stone, and the room was bland and cheerless .
Traders and residents are being warned the city will be drab and cheerless if funds are not found to pay for proper illuminations.
What he remembers most was the stillness of the dressing-room and, later, the cheerless evening he spent at his hotel in Newport.