- 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.
cheer definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
cheer definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Lightness of spirits or mood; gaiety or joy: a happy tune, full of cheer.
- A source of joy or happiness; a comfort.
- a. A shout of approval, encouragement, or congratulation.b. A short, rehearsed jingle or phrase, shouted in unison by a squad of cheerleaders.
- Festive food and drink; refreshment.
- To make happier or more cheerful: a warm fire that cheered us.
- To encourage with or as if with cheers; urge: The fans cheered the runners on. See Synonyms at encourage.
- To salute or acclaim with cheers; applaud. See Synonyms at applaud.
- To shout cheers.
- To become cheerful: had lunch and soon cheered up.
Origin: Middle English chere, expression, mood, from Old French chiere, face, from Late Latin cara, from Greek kara, head; see ker-1 in Indo-European roots.
- cheerˈer noun
- cheerˈing·ly adverb