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

With that, Munoz walked off the mound to cheers, with many fans standing. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Andres Munoz adds sizzle to Padres’ pen; Miguel Diaz out for season," 13 July 2019 The veteran served out the match with an ace down the middle and thrust her arms in the air before congratulating a worthy opponent at the net to huge cheers from the capacity crowd. CNN, "Serena Williams reaches Wimbledon semifinals," 9 July 2019 President Donald Trump lands at Orlando International Airport DeSantis, Rubio and Scott didn’t speak during the rally, though outgoing Press Secretary Sarah Sanders spoke to cheers. Michael Williams, orlandosentinel.com, "Trump in Orlando: ‘We are going to keep on winning, winning, winning’," 18 June 2019 At a rally of nationalist leaders in Milan before the European elections, Finnish, Danish, Dutch, Czech and German leaders all addressed the Italian crowd, to cheers, in English. The Economist, "Brexit is the ideal moment to make English the EU’s common language," 15 June 2019 Jeffrey Deskovic, 45, graduated from Pace University School of Law three weeks ago to rousing cheers from friends, family, and faculty. Michelle Malkin, National Review, "From Convicted Murderer to Exoneree to Law Grad," 5 June 2019 Harry arrived to huge cheers from crowds waving Union Jack flags and spent several minutes chatting to the crowds. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Says He "Can’t Imagine Life" Without His Son Archie," 14 May 2019 In 1990 they were released from prison, to the cheers of Jewish settlers and no real show of public protest. Raja Shehadeh, The New York Review of Books, "Bearing Witness in the West Bank," 7 Mar. 2019 The bat was moving slow enough that the fan caught it and was not harmed, smiling and waiving when the fans gave him a rousing cheer. Doug Alden, courant.com, "Bogaerts homers as Red Sox beat White Sox in rain," 26 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Volkswagen has been posting photos and videos of German nationals in blue jerseys cheering for India. Jaideep Vaidya, Quartz India, "India may have been knocked out, but mega brands had a field day during cricket World Cup," 10 July 2019 As in Sweden, the crusade is cheered on by feminists and Christians with stern moral views. The Economist, "The idea of criminalising prostitutes’ clients is spreading," 15 June 2019 Crowds will gather on beaches and river banks to cheer on rowers paddling furiously to the beat, trying achieve victory in boat races that mark a beloved holiday in Asia, the Dragon Boat Festival. Amy Gunia, Time, "Google Doodle Celebrates Asia's Dragon Boat Festival. Here's What to Know," 7 June 2019 Critics of the consumer proposal were cheered overall. Ian Macdougall, ProPublica, "Soon You May Not Even Have to Click on a Website Contract to Be Bound by Its Terms," 20 May 2019 The Amerikadeutscher Volksbund, a 25,000-member pro-Nazi organization commonly known as the Bund, ran a summer camp on Long Island called Camp Siegfried, where young men marched in Nazi-style uniforms as their friends and families cheered. Fred Turner, Harper's magazine, "Machine Politics," 10 Jan. 2019 Rauner cheered Rahm on, urging him to close more union schools, cut taxes on the rich, and do other diabolical things near and dear to the governor's gumball-size heart. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "News / Politics / Race Phony feud: Don’t be fooled by the Twitter barbs between Rahm and Rauner over Dan Ryan protest," 9 July 2018 Fans cheered Ibaka, who scored just as Durant fell Much has been said of the lack of class shown by the Toronto fans when Kevin Durant re-injured his Achilles. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Fans cheered Ibaka, who scored just as Durant fell," 17 June 2019 The irony: This all happened the day after Canadian sports fans cheered when NBA superstar Kevin Durant suffered a serious injury in Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, "Schmuck: U.S. women's World Cup team sparks debate about sportsmanship that's a few decades too late," 13 June 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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