cheer

1 of 2

noun

1
a
: 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
2
: lightness of mind and feeling : animation, gaiety
faces full of cheer
3
: state of mind or heart : spirit
… be of good cheerMatthew 9:2 (King James Version)
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
7
a
archaic : facial expression
b
obsolete : face

cheer

2 of 2

verb

cheered; cheering; cheers

intransitive verb

1
: to utter a shout of applause or triumph
What is there to cheer about?
2
: to grow or be cheerful : rejoice
usually used with up
Cheer up! Things could be worse.
3
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
4
obsolete : to be mentally or emotionally disposed

transitive verb

1
a
: to make glad or happy
usually used with up
clowns who cheer up children in hospitals
b
: to instill with hope or courage : comfort
usually used with up
cheer desponding men with new-born hope.William Wordsworth
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.
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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
While Greene was met with cheers and applause from the crowd at the convention, people on social media expressed confusion and outrage over her remarks. Chantelle Lee, TIME, 16 July 2024 Marjorie Taylor Greene took the podium at the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee on Monday to cheers and applause before offering her view on the damage Democrats have done during President Joe Biden's term. Emily Deletter, USA TODAY, 16 July 2024
Verb
His favorite part of the evening was cheering for his teammates. Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 17 July 2024 Advertisement The Montana crowd seemingly cheered Lambert on during her speech, offering several rounds of applause. Malia Mendez, Los Angeles Times, 17 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for cheer 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 7b

Verb

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of cheer was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cheer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cheer. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

cheer

1 of 2 noun
1
: state of mind or heart : spirit
be of good cheer
2
: good spirits
full of cheer
3
: something that gladdens
words of cheer
4
: a shout of praise or encouragement
three cheers for our side

cheer

2 of 2 verb
1
: to give hope to or make happier : comfort
cheer up a sick person
2
: to urge on especially with shouts or cheers
cheer the team to victory
3
: to shout with joy, approval, or enthusiasm
the audience cheered loudly
4
: to grow or be cheerful : rejoice
usually used with up
he cheered up at the news

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