a shout of encouragement, approval, congratulation, etc.: The cheers of the fans filled the stadium.
a set or traditional form of shout used by spectators to encourage or show enthusiasm for an athletic team, contestant, etc., as rah! rah! rah!
a state of feeling or spirits: She entered his room promptly at 7 a.m. with her usual good cheer.
gladness, gaiety, or animation: Festivities will continue all week, with events and attractions spreading holiday cheer across the city.
food and drink: tables laden with cheer.
Archaic. facial expression.
cheers, (used as a salutation or toast.)
to salute with shouts of approval, congratulation, triumph, etc.: The team members cheered their captain.
to gladden or cause joy to; inspire with cheer (often followed by up): The good news cheered her.
to encourage or incite: She cheered him on when he was about to give up.
to utter cheers of approval, encouragement, triumph, etc.
to become happier or more cheerful (often followed by up): She cheered up as soon as the sun began to shine.
Obsolete. to be or feel in a particular state of mind or spirits.
Idioms about cheer
be of good cheer, (used as an exhortation to be cheerful): Be of good cheer! Things could be much worse.
with good cheer, cheerfully; willingly: She accepted her lot with good cheer.
- cheerer, noun
- cheer·ing·ly, adverb
- un·cheered, adjective
- un·cheer·ing, adjective
- well-cheered, adjective
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How to use cheer in a sentence
Yet I had serious trouble understanding how to cheer on the news of Bin Laden or anyone else dying.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind | Brin-Jonathan Butler | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
You meant to chase every glass of wine with a pitcher of H2O, but the holiday cheer somehow steered you off course.
The audience--tout Hollywood--stands to cheer his slow and painful trek from the wings to the table.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A fire truck roars down a city street and people cheer its arrival.The Wildly Peaceful, Human, Almost Boring, Ultimately Great New York City Protests for Eric Garner | Mike Barnicle | December 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was a cheer that we got for something that was a complete fluke.‘No Regrets’: Peter Jackson Says Goodbye to Middle-Earth | Alex Suskind | December 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
At last, tired of fighting an unseen foe, the men arose to their feet, and with a wild cheer sprang forward.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
But her sympathy, and her confident belief that Alessandro might yet be found, gave unspeakable cheer to Felipe.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
They went out of the darkness together and came back to the Earth, Leo very silent, and the Girl striving to cheer him.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II | Rudyard Kipling
The king heartily pledged him, thanked him for his good cheer, and departed undiscovered.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
My servant's whip, however, soon sent them about their business, and I ventured into the parlor to see what cheer.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
British Dictionary definitions for cheer
(usually foll by up) to make or become happy or hopeful; comfort or be comforted
to applaud with shouts
(when tr, sometimes foll by on) to encourage (a team, person, etc) with shouts, esp in contests
a shout or cry of approval, encouragement, etc, often using such words as hurrah! or rah! rah! rah!
three cheers three shouts of hurrah given in unison by a group to honour someone or celebrate something
happiness; good spirits
state of mind; spirits (archaic, except in the phrases be of good cheer, with good cheer)
archaic provisions for a feast; fare
- See also cheers
- cheerer, noun
- cheeringly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with cheer
In addition to the idioms beginning with cheer
- cheer on
- cheer up
- three cheers
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