- 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!
- something that gives joy or gladness; encouragement; comfort: words of cheer.
- a state of feeling or spirits: Their good cheer overcame his depression.
- gladness, gaiety, or animation: full of cheer and good spirits.
- 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.
- 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
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Antonyms for cheer
Related Words for cheeredhearten, comfort, elate, encourage, buoy, applaud, yell, salute, clap, hail, steel, warm, console, help, enliven, embolden, brighten, upraise, elevate, strengthen
Examples from the Web for cheered
Contemporary Examples of cheered
People on the streets of Havana cheered and celebrated the return of fighters from the Sierra Maestra.Cuba Is A Kleptocracy, Not Communist
December 19, 2014
Blonde kids named Kyle and Zack cheered on Los Doyers while wearing jerseys with “Valenzuela” on the back.The Liberal Case Against Illegal Immigration
November 25, 2014
On the contrary, it should be hoisted on our collective shoulders and cheered Rudy-style.Guardians of the Galaxy’s Chris Pratt Is the Everydude Superhero
August 1, 2014
The crowd that accumulated to watch the squabble reportedly applauded and cheered as Bieber fled the scene.An Unlikely Hero Blooms in Ibiza: Orlando Bloom Sort of Punches Justin Bieber
July 30, 2014
Show regulars Jay Mohr and Penn Gillette also cheered for Cumia.Fans Rage Over Opie Minus Anthony
July 8, 2014
Historical Examples of cheered
On his entrance the whole audience rose and cheered for several minutes.
Along the route as, well as at the station, the party was cheered by a large crowd.
We cheered, thinking some dire calamity had befallen the enemy.
They cheered us again, as we closed with them, and both ships jogged on in company.
It was a great moment, and we took off our hats and cheered.The Long Labrador Trail
- (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
Word Origin for cheer
Word Origin and History for cheered
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.
Idioms and Phrases with cheered
In addition to the idioms beginning with cheer
- cheer on
- cheer up
- three cheers