verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- cheer on,
- cheer up,
Origin of cheer
Examples from the Web for cheering
I have to admit that while I was watching this, I was cheering her on, but with a little uneasiness.
Then he stood up and essentially told a cheering Austin crowd that he would never surrender to the president.
But the strangest moment in the show was when Cruise dragged Holmes out to the cheering crowd.How Can Katie Holmes Escape Tom Cruise—and ‘Dawson’s Creek’?|Tim Teeman|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No, they were cheering for the Russian victory in World War Two.Prisoners Get Cultural Fix with 8-Tracks and Bootleg Cassettes|Daniel Genis|August 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Lou agreed, until the photographer suggested that Dahlgren pose in a fielding position at first base, with Lou cheering him on.The Stacks: The Day Lou Gehrig Delivered Baseball’s Gettysburg Address|Ray Robinson|July 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A huge crowd had gathered, and the youth of it was demonstrating with energy, cheering and breaking soon into national songs.The Guns of Europe|Joseph A. Altsheler
It was a regatta without spectators, but as full of excitement as if the shores had been fringed with a cheering crowd.Sevenoaks|J. G. Holland
He sprawled into his seat amid a very tempest of applause and cheering.Tom Slade on the River|Percy K. Fitzhugh
At last the cheering died away, only to burst out again with renewed vigour.Men, Women and Guns|H. C. (Herman Cyril) McNeile
Cheering on his men and calling to them to follow him, he fell in action mortally wounded.Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie|George Brenton Laurie
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