- The definition of cheer is joy and gladness, or anything that is comforting.
- An example of cheer is a visibly happy person.
- An example of cheer is someone bringing a sad friend their favorite ice cream.
- Cheer means to comfort, encourage or bring joy.
- An example of cheer is giving your spouse a foot rub after a hard day.
- An example of cheer is clapping and shouting while a friend is competing.
A group of people in good cheer.
- state of mind or of feeling; mood; spirit: now usually in such phrases as and
- gaiety; gladness; joy
- festive entertainment, esp. with food and drink
- anything that comforts or gladdens one; encouragement
- a glad, excited shout used to urge on, welcome, approve, etc.
- a jingle, rallying cry, etc. shouted in unison in rooting for a team
- Archaic facial expression
Origin of cheerMiddle English chere, the face, demeanor, bearing, mood ; from Old French chiere ; from Late Latin cara, head ; from Classical Greek kara ; from Indo-European base an unverified form er-, head, horn; modern senses ; from phrase good cheer (Fr bonne chère)
- to fill with joy, good spirits, and hope; gladden; comfort: often with up
- to urge on or encourage by cheers
- to greet or applaud with cheers
- to be or become cheerful; feel encouraged: usually with up
- to shout cheers
- a. A shout of approval, encouragement, or congratulation: a remark that drew cheers from the crowd.b. A short, rehearsed jingle or phrase, shouted in unison by a squad of cheerleaders.
- Comfort or encouragement: a message of cheer.
- Lightness of spirits or mood; gaiety or joy: a happy tune, full of cheer.
- Festive food and drink; refreshment: did not refrain from sampling their holiday cheer.
verbcheered, cheer·ing, cheers
- a. To shout cheers. See Synonyms at applaud.b. To express praise or approval: Bloggers cheered when the favorable decision was announced.
- To become cheerful: had lunch and soon cheered up.
- a. To encourage with cheers: The fans cheered the runners on. See Synonyms at encourage.b. To salute or acclaim with cheers; applaud.c. To express praise or approval for; acclaim: cheered the results of the election.
- To make happier or more cheerful: a warm fire that cheered us.
Origin of cheerMiddle English chere, expression, mood, from Old French chiere, face, from Late Latin cara, from Greek kara, head; see ker-1 in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural cheers)
- 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, I.50:
- Heraclitus taking pitie and compassion of the very same condition of ours, was continually seene with a sad, mournfull, and heavie cheere [transl. visage], and with teares trickling downe his blubbered eyes.
- (archaic) One's attitude, mood. [from 14th c.]
- (uncountable) A cheerful attitude; gaiety; mirth. [from 14th c.]
- That which promotes good spirits or cheerfulness; provisions prepared for a feast; entertainment.
- a table loaded with good cheer
- A cry expressing joy, approval or support such as "hurray". [from 18th c.]
- A cheer rose from the crowd.
- A chant made in support of a team at a sports event.
(third-person singular simple present cheers, present participle cheering, simple past and past participle cheered)
- To gladden; to make cheerful; often with up.
- We were cheered by the offer of a cup of tea.
- To infuse life, courage, animation, or hope, into; to inspirit; to solace or comfort.
- (intransitive) To applaud or encourage with cheers or shouts.
- The crowd cheered in support of the athletes.
- The crowd cheered the athletes.