Nearby words

  1. cheekpiece,
  2. cheeks,
  3. cheektowaga,
  4. cheeky,
  5. cheep,
  6. cheer on,
  7. cheer up,
  8. cheerer-upper,
  9. cheerful,
  10. cheerfully

Idioms

    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.

Origin of cheer

1175–1225; Middle English chere face < Anglo-French; compare Old French chiere < Late Latin cara face, head < Greek kárā head

Related forms

Synonym study

10. Cheer, gladden, enliven mean to make happy or lively. To cheer is to comfort, to restore hope and cheerfulness to (now often cheer up, when thoroughness, a definite time, or a particular point in the action is referred to): to cheer a sick person; She soon cheered him up. To gladden does not imply a state of sadness to begin with, but suggests bringing pleasure or happiness to someone: to gladden someone's heart with good news. Enliven suggests bringing vivacity and liveliness: to enliven a dull evening, a party.

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British Dictionary definitions for cheer

cheer

verb

(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

noun

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

Derived Formscheerer, nouncheeringly, adverb

Word Origin for cheer

C13 (in the sense: face, welcoming aspect): from Old French chere, from Late Latin cara face, from Greek kara head

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Word Origin and History for cheer
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Idioms and Phrases with cheer

cheer

In addition to the idioms beginning with cheer

  • cheer on
  • cheer up

also see:

  • three cheers
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