Cheer definition

chîr
Comfort or encouragement.

A message of cheer.

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To fill with joy, good spirits, and hope; gladden; comfort.
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To be or become cheerful; feel encouraged.
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To urge on or encourage by cheers.
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To greet or applaud with cheers.
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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.

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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.

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Festive food and drink; refreshment.

Did not refrain from sampling their holiday cheer.

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A shout of approval, encouragement, or congratulation.

A remark that drew cheers from the crowd.

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A short, rehearsed jingle or phrase, shouted in unison by a squad of cheerleaders.
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To shout cheers.
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To express praise or approval.

Bloggers cheered when the favorable decision was announced.

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To make happier or more cheerful.

A warm fire that cheered us.

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To encourage with cheers.

The fans cheered the runners on.

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To salute or acclaim with cheers; applaud.
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To express praise or approval for; acclaim.

Cheered the results of the election.

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(archaic) Facial expression.
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A glad, excited shout used to urge on, welcome, approve, etc.
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A jingle, rallying cry, etc. shouted in unison in rooting for a team.
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To shout cheers.
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(archaic) One's attitude, mood. [from 14th c.]
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That which promotes good spirits or cheerfulness; provisions prepared for a feast; entertainment.

A table loaded with good cheer.

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A cry expressing joy, approval or support such as "hurray". [from 18th c.]

A cheer rose from the crowd.

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A chant made in support of a team at a sports event.
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To gladden; to make cheerful; often with up.

We were cheered by the offer of a cup of tea.

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To infuse life, courage, animation, or hope, into; to inspirit; to solace or comfort.
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(intransitive) To applaud or encourage with cheers or shouts.

The crowd cheered in support of the athletes.

The crowd cheered the athletes.

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Lightness of spirits or mood; gaiety or joy.

A happy tune, full of cheer.

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To become cheerful.

Had lunch and soon cheered up.

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State of mind or of feeling; mood; spirit.
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Gaiety; gladness; joy.
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Festive entertainment, esp. with food and drink.
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Anything that comforts or gladdens one; encouragement.
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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.

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(uncountable) A cheerful attitude; gaiety; mirth. [from 14th c.]
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
cheer
Plural:
cheers

Origin of cheer

  • Middle English chere expression, mood from Old French chiere face from Late Latin cara from Greek kara head ker-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman chere, from Old French chiere, from Late Latin cara.

    From Wiktionary