verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of cheer
Synonyms for cheer
Antonyms for cheer
Examples from the Web for uncheered
Historical Examples of uncheered
His was an uncheered existence: who was there to "help him?"Diary And Notes Of Horace Templeton, Esq.
Charles James Lever
A mournful lot is mine, a strange and mournful lot, yet not uncheered by hope.The Rise of Iskander
His life was uncheered either by the affection of father or mother, excepting in the very early years of childhood.History of the Anglo-Saxons
Uncheered from without, they turn within, and then come doubts and hesitations,—the fatal craving to know that which they may not!The Daltons, Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
Its cries made her nervous; and so she kept the uncheered solitude of her room without the blessing of the little angel.Pink and White Tyranny
Harriet Beecher Stowe
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