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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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

As the agreement was announced at City Hall, cheers erupted outside the Grant Early Education Center near Hollywood, where a handful of teachers were live-streaming the announcement on their phones. Tawnell D. Hobbs, WSJ, "Los Angeles Teachers, School District Announce Deal to End Weeklong Strike," 22 Jan. 2019 In contrast to the cheers and excitement that often accompany royal arrivals, there was a respectful silence from the small crowd today as William and Kate stepped out of their car upon arriving at the King Power Stadium. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Prince William and Kate Middleton Made a Somber Visit to Leicester Today," 28 Nov. 2018 Following that darker period, however, giants and big heads began to return to their roots of good cheer and regional pride. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "For Hundreds of Years, Papier-Mâché Has Lent a Surreal Face to Catalan Culture," 3 July 2018 The crowd cheer and Hinds respond by wreaking havoc, jumping off the drum riser, creating a chain reaction for the fans to dance wilder. Eve Barlow, GQ, "15 Hours With Hinds, Spain's Wildest Rock Band," 25 June 2018 Whippets are incredibly fast, but Whiskey’s path includes a speed bump — littermate and sister Bourbon is a contender, too. Crowd-pleasing Biggie the pug is back after drawing a big cheer at the Garden last year. Ben Walker, The Seattle Times, "What to watch at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club dog show," 10 Feb. 2019 In this holiday singalong, Crosby and Kaye team up with Clooney and Ellen to spread a little Christmas cheer by saving a local inn from closing. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Christmas Movies on Netflix You Can Stream During the Holidays," 19 Dec. 2018 The tradition started when the brewery was thinking of ways to bring a bit more cheer to the community. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "A Brewery in Upstate New York Made a 30-Foot Keg Christmas Tree," 10 Dec. 2018 There was a suitably raucous cheer from the crowd inside London’s Roundhouse, when Greenwich Village Negroni joint (and unofficial Traveler clubhouse) Dante was revealed at number nine, cracking the top 10 for the first time. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Is Officially the Best Bar in the World," 4 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Duchess of Sussex wore sneakers and leggings to cheer on sailors at the second day of the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wears $150 Veja Sneakers to Watch the Invictus Games in Australia," 21 Oct. 2018 Tens of thousands of people cheered Francis at an open air Mass in late morning at an esplanade along the port city's waterfront. Fox News, "Pope paying tribute in Sicily to priest slain by Mafia," 15 Sep. 2018 In Zagreb, fans cheer like at any other match in the world. Lajla Veselica And Nicolas Gaudichet, chicagotribune.com, "Croatia's World Cup quarterfinals run revives national pride," 5 July 2018 Anxious fans chanted Slayer’s name and cheered at every hint of its arrival during the line check. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "More an event than an everyday concert, Slayer’s Final Tour roars through Charlotte," 18 June 2018 One day after attending the Trooping the Colour celebrations, Kate and her older two kids, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, went to cheer on Prince William at his charity polo match in Gloucester, England. Christina Butan, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Middleton Used the Ultimate Mom Hack at George and Charlotte's Polo Playdate," 13 June 2018 Even though Nicodemus Christopher is a strength coach and doesn’t draw up plays or recruit, he was not allowed in the gym to cheer on his cousin at the camp. Alex Schiffer, kansascity, "He raps with Migos. He vacations with Shaq. Mizzou recruit Josh Christopher does it all," 12 June 2018 Other regulars in Van Treese’s section have come to know his story of consecutive races (Susie makes him a T-shirt every year to commemorate the number) and cheer at his arrival on the morning of the race. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Russ Van Treese will attend his 92nd Indy 500 on Sunday," 25 May 2018 And we are meant to cheer the effort, for it is close to the exhibition’s own. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment’ Review: History Through an Ideological Filter," 13 Feb. 2019

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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

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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