cheer

noun
\ ˈchir How to pronounce cheer (audio) \

Definition of cheer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a obsolete : face
b archaic : facial expression
2 : state of mind or heart : spirit be of good cheer — Matthew 9:2 (King James Version)
3 : lightness of mind and feeling : animation, gaiety faces full of cheer
4 : hospitable entertainment : welcome
5 : food and drink for a feast : fare every table was loaded with good cheer— T. B. Macaulay
6 : something that gladdens words of cheer
7a : a shout of applause or encouragement the players were greeted with loud cheers
b US : the activity of organized cheerleading With autumn approaching, evenings at Stringham Pitcher Park are again alive with the sounds of football and cheer.— Laura McCusker

cheer

verb
cheered; cheering; cheers

Definition of cheer (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to instill with hope or courage : comfort usually used with up cheer desponding men with new-born hope— William Wordsworth
b : to make glad or happy usually used with up clowns who cheer up children in hospitals
2 : to urge on or encourage especially by shouts cheered the team on
3 : to applaud with shouts The contest winner was cheered as she accepted the trophy.

intransitive verb

1 obsolete : to be mentally or emotionally disposed
2 : to grow or be cheerful : rejoice usually used with up Cheer up! Things could be worse.
3 : to utter a shout of applause or triumph What is there to cheer about?
4 US : to perform as a cheerleader A gymnast from the age of 3, she switched to cheerleading in middle school. Rink cheered for three years for her middle school and became a cheerleader for Penn.— Nikki Taylor

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Other Words from cheer

Verb

cheerer noun

Examples of cheer in a Sentence

Noun

The audience let out a cheer. Loud cheers were coming from the bleachers. The star was greeted with cheers. Let's spread a little holiday cheer. The cheerleaders did a cheer for the home team.

Verb

The crowd cheered as he crossed the finish line. We were cheering for you all the way! The crowd cheered him as he crossed the finish line. Their fans cheered them to victory. Supporters cheered the court's decision. Investors were cheered by good economic news.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

During Sunday night’s game the heart and soul and cheer squad captain of the Raptors was fouled out with just under four minutes left in the fourth. Courtney Shea, refinery29.com, "How To Become A Raptors Superfan (In 5 Minutes Or Less)," 5 June 2019 The YouTuber was also on her high school cheer team for a year before got kicked off the team. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "10 Facts About Emma Chamberlain Only Real Fans Will Know," 3 May 2019 The helmet car used to be driven around the stadium track when the Huskies scored during a home game carrying band and cheer squad members. Alan Berner, The Seattle Times, "MOHAI puts Husky helmet car on display," 30 Dec. 2018 The cheer squad originated in a stew of beer and curiosity about seven years ago. Nina Adam, WSJ, "Female Roller Derby Skaters Are Fearless—So Are Their Male Cheerleaders," 7 Dec. 2018 There's a final dance-off and kickline with members of both cheer squads to finish the video. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Every Single Movie Reference in Ariana Grande's 'Thank U, Next' Music Video," 30 Nov. 2018 Her version includes the two opposing cheer teams coming together for a finale that has them kicking their way to the video’s conclusion. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Watch Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next" Video Reference "Bring It On," "Mean Girls," "Legally Blonde," and "13 Going on 30"," 30 Nov. 2018 Then the graduates broke into the biggest cheers of the morning and stood up, applauding. Errin Haines Whack, The Seattle Times, "Speaker stuns 2019 Morehouse grads, to pay off student debt," 20 May 2019 Gwen shared a clip of The Voice coach helping her son reel in a fish, and everything from their matching outfits to the cheers of excitement when Apollo caught the critter was enough to melt our hearts. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Blake Shelton Took Gwen Stefani on the Sweetest Family Vacation to His Home State," 1 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Soccer fans in Orlando are going to have plenty to cheer about this summer, starting with Prince Royce. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Prince Royce announced as headliner for MLS All-Star Game kick-off concert in Orlando," 13 June 2019 Watson said during the postgame press conference, which came in the midst of UNC players cheering in the adjacent room. Sam Blum | Sblum@al.com, al.com, "Auburn loses Game 2 of Super Regional, will play winner-take-all on Monday," 9 June 2019 The song struck up, there went the guitar solo and the crowd cheered. Dylan Owens, The Know, "Review: Denver gives Garth Brooks the “greatest night of (his) career”," 9 June 2019 A year ago, a small, white-haired woman emerged from an Edinburgh courthouse into a cheering crowd waving Catalan banners and Scottish flags. The New York Review of Books, "Neal Ascherson," 18 Apr. 2019 Javed was briefly cheered—the camp certainly looked like a place where someone might be held incommunicado. Matthew Wolfe, Harper's magazine, "Without a Trace," 10 Feb. 2019 Here’s news to cheer director David Lynch’s many fans. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "Oscars: David Lynch, Wes Studi getting honorary awards," 3 June 2019 Tanzanian President John Magufuli told a cheering crowd last year. Alexandra Wexler, WSJ, "Countries Push to Extract More Cash from Big Mining Companies," 18 Nov. 2018 Also cheering on Yeaton on was her boyfriend, men's race winner David Norris. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Skiers put on a show in women’s Mount Marathon race, with Yeaton winning her rookie run," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of cheer

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for cheer

Noun and Verb

Middle English chere face, cheer, from Anglo-French, face, from Medieval Latin cara, probably from Greek kara head, face — more at cerebral

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cheer

cheerful

cheerfulize

cheeringly

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cheer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cheer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a shout of praise or encouragement
somewhat formal : a happy feeling or attitude
: a special song or chant that is performed to encourage a team during a game in sports like American football and basketball

cheer

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cheer (Entry 2 of 2)

: to shout with joy, approval, or enthusiasm
: to express enthusiastic approval of or support for (something)
: to cause (someone) to feel happier or more hopeful

cheer

noun
\ ˈchir How to pronounce cheer (audio) \

Kids Definition of cheer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a happy feeling : good spirits full of cheer
2 : something that gladdens words of cheer
3 : a shout of praise or encouragement The crowd let out a cheer.

cheer

verb
cheered; cheering

Kids Definition of cheer (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to give hope to or make happier : comfort Signs of spring cheered her.
2 : to grow or be cheerful usually used with up “… I don't WANT to cheer up. It's nicer to be miserable!”— Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
3 : to urge on especially with shouts or cheers They cheered the team to victory.
4 : to shout with joy, approval, or enthusiasm We cheered when he crossed the finish line.

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