verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- cheer on,
- cheer up,
Origin of cheer
Examples from the Web for cheer
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|DAILY BEAST
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|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|DAILY BEAST
Morgan hopefully has a beloved support network, and of course a large fan base to cheer him on.Understanding Tracy Morgan’s Traumatic Brain Injury|Jean Kim|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“The main idea of the museum is to cheer people up,” Wynd says.Dodo Bones and Kylie’s Poo: Inside London’s Strangest New Museum|Liza Foreman|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cheer up, Mr. Cardigan; 312 we'll sight them over our rifles yet.Cardigan|Robert W. Chambers
To cheer him up, the Captain invited him to join Mrs. Thomas and himself on a cruise in the Susan.Two Knapsacks|John Campbell
At the sight of so much mental anguish, he felt all his old affection reawakening, and he tried to cheer up his friend.Sentimental Education Vol 1|Gustave Flaubert
So forward, my lads, may your hearts never fail, You are cheer'd by the presence of a sweet Nightingale.The Life of Florence Nightingale vol. 1 of 2|Edward Tyas Cook
Alice asked, hoping to cheer him up, for the poor Knight seemed quite low-spirited about it.Through the Looking-Glass|Charles Dodgson, AKA Lewis Carroll
Word Origin for cheer
c.1200, "the face," especially as expressing emotion, from Anglo-French chere "the face," Old French chiere "face, countenance, look, expression," from Late Latin cara "face" (source of Spanish cara), possibly from Greek kara "head," from PIE root *ker- "head" (see horn (n.)). From mid-13c. as "frame of mind, state of feeling, spirit; mood, humor."
By late 14c. the meaning had extended metaphorically to "mood, mental condition," as reflected in the face. This could be in a good or bad sense ("The feend ... beguiled her with treacherye, and brought her into a dreerye cheere," "Merline," c.1500), but a positive sense (probably short for good cheer) has predominated since c.1400. Meaning "shout of encouragement" first recorded 1720, perhaps nautical slang (cf. earlier verbal sense, "to encourage by words or deeds," early 15c.). The antique English greeting what cheer (mid-15c.) was picked up by Algonquian Indians of southern New England from the Puritans and spread in Indian languages as far as Canada.
late 14c., "to cheer up, humor, console;" c.1400 as "entertain with food or drink," from cheer (n.). Related: Cheered; cheering. Sense of "to encourage by words or deeds" is early 15c. Which had focused to "salute with shouts of applause" by late 18c. Cheer up (intransitive) first attested 1670s.
In addition to the idioms beginning with cheer
- cheer on
- cheer up
- three cheers