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cheer

noun \ ˈchir \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of cheer

1 a 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
7 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

Examples of cheer in a Sentence

  1. The audience let out a cheer.

  2. Loud cheers were coming from the bleachers.

  3. The star was greeted with cheers.

  4. Let's spread a little holiday cheer.

  5. The cheerleaders did a cheer for the home team.

Recent Examples of cheer from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of cheer

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

verb

Definition of cheer

cheered; cheering; cheers
transitive verb
1 a : 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

cheerer

noun

Examples of cheer in a Sentence

  1. The crowd cheered as he crossed the finish line.

  2. We were cheering for you all the way!

  3. The crowd cheered him as he crossed the finish line.

  4. Their fans cheered them to victory.

  5. Supporters cheered the court's decision.

  6. Investors were cheered by good economic news.

Recent Examples of cheer from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of cheer

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CHEER Defined for English Language Learners

cheer

noun

Definition of cheer for English Language Learners

  • : a shout of praise or encouragement

  • : 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

Definition of cheer for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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cheer

noun \ ˈchir \

Definition of cheer for Students

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.

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cheer

verb

Definition of cheer for Students

cheered; cheering
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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