verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- cheer on,
- cheer up,
Origin of cheer
Examples from the Web for cheered
People on the streets of Havana cheered and celebrated the return of fighters from the Sierra Maestra.
Blonde kids named Kyle and Zack cheered on Los Doyers while wearing jerseys with “Valenzuela” on the back.
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|Kevin Fallon|August 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Amy Zimmerman|July 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Show regulars Jay Mohr and Penn Gillette also cheered for Cumia.
The crowd gathered behind first held their breath and then cheered him.King of Ranleigh|F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton
And again I was grateful to Hilderman for his timely tact, for it cheered the old man immensely, and helped me a little, too.The Mystery of the Green Ray|William Le Queux
It was a relief to Mr. Gribble when his wife came downstairs again, and he was cheered to see that she looked much better.The Weaker Vessel|W.W. Jacobs
The irrepressible juniors lost all control in their excitement, and cheered on each as she appeared to be gaining.The Luckiest Girl in the School|Angela Brazil
The only thing that cheered the house were loads of books in every corner, and, perhaps, great though hidden hopes.Our Revolution|Leon Trotzky
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