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

There were cheers and shouts of jubilation outside the hospital as a smiling Anwar appeared, flanked by large numbers of police and security officials. Anuradha Raghu, Bloomberg.com, "Malaysia's Anwar Pardoned, Paving Way for Return to Politics," 16 May 2018 On Friday, dozens of postal workers past and present saluted Mata with gifts, proclamations, cheers and a cake featuring side by side photos of him in uniform from 1960 and 2018. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Carlsbad's longest-serving mailman retires after 57 years," 27 Apr. 2018 The reason is deliberate and persistent Democratic obstruction and abuse of Senate rules, so three cheers for Republicans for advancing a modest change in those rules to let President Trump form a government before his first term ends. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Rule to Speed Up Confirmations," 2 Apr. 2019 There were cheers in California and Florida mission control rooms when the SpaceX Dragon-2 capsule landed in the Atlantic during today’s historic test flight. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How It Works: SpaceX Dragon Capsule Splashdown and Recovery," 8 Mar. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

When fans at the finish were informed of Froome's crash, many cheered. Andrew Dampf, chicagotribune.com, "4-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome flies off the road into a ditch in opening stage," 7 July 2018 The crowd cheered for her, showing support for the mother. refinery29.com, "Chrissy Teigen Showed Baby Miles How To Protest At Just 2 Months Old," 1 July 2018 At the meeting, when it was suggested by a board member that the district was at risk for state takeover, the crowd of hundreds of people loudly cheered in approval. Ricardo Cano, azcentral, "'We're asking for help': State will take over dysfunctional Murphy school district," 25 June 2018 The audience cheered, but the board voted 6-2 against taking up the issue. CBS News, "Michigan State University's governing board rejects effort to oust school's interim president," 22 June 2018 Shares of Asiana Airlines surged 30% Monday, the maximum daily increase allowed in South Korea, as investors cheered the prospect of a cash injection for the struggling business and a diminished role for patriarch Park Sam-koo and his family. ... Kwanwoo Jun And Na-young Kim, WSJ, "South Korea’s Asiana Airlines Plans to Sell Stake to Appease Creditors," 15 Apr. 2019 While the dairy industry cheered the news, some lawmakers had a cow. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "What is milk? Answer muddled after almond milk mixes with cow milk," 6 Aug. 2018 Instead, the No. 17 overall pick out of Villanova represented his new squad by donning a green Bucks polo and black dress shorts while cheering his teammates on from the bench during a 90-63 victory over the Detroit Pistons at Cox Pavilion. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "When will first-round pick Donte DiVincenzo suit up for the Bucks? 'I'm not sure.'," 6 July 2018 In Buenos Aires, fans at the Plaza San Martin went wild as well cheering for their team. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Watch: Argentina Fans in Buenos Aires Lose Their Minds After Marcos Rojo's Goal," 26 June 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

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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