cheer

[cheer] /tʃɪər/
noun
1.
a shout of encouragement, approval, congratulation, etc.:
"The cheers of the fans filled the stadium."
2.
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!
3.
something that gives joy or gladness; encouragement; comfort:
"words of cheer."
4.
a state of feeling or spirits:
"Their good cheer overcame his depression."
5.
gladness, gaiety, or animation:
"full of cheer and good spirits."
6.
food and drink:
"tables laden with cheer."
7.
Archaic. facial expression.
interjection
8.
cheers, (used as a salutation or toast.)
verb (used with object)
9.
to salute with shouts of approval, congratulation, triumph, etc.:
"The team members cheered their captain."
10.
to gladden or cause joy to; inspire with cheer (often followed by up):
"The good news cheered her."
11.
to encourage or incite:
"She cheered him on when he was about to give up."
verb (used without object)
12.
to utter cheers of approval, encouragement, triumph, etc.
13.
to become happier or more cheerful (often followed by up):
"She cheered up as soon as the sun began to shine."
14.
Obsolete. to be or feel in a particular state of mind or spirits.
Idioms
15.
be of good cheer, (used as an exhortation to be cheerful):
"Be of good cheer! Things could be much worse."
16.
with good cheer, cheerfully; willingly:
"She accepted her lot with good cheer."
Origin
1175–1225; Middle English chere face < Anglo-French; compare Old French chiere < Late Latin cara face, head < Greek kárā head
Related forms
cheerer, noun
cheeringly, adverb
uncheered, adjective
uncheering, adjective
well-cheered, adjective
Synonyms
3. solace. 5. joy, mirth, glee, merriment. 9. applaud. 10. exhilarate, animate. Cheer, gladden, enliven mean to make happy or lively. To cheer is to comfort, to restore hope and cheerfulness to (now often cheer up when thoroughness, a definite time, or a particular point in the action is referred to): to cheer a sick person; She soon cheered him up. (Compare eat up, ) To gladden does not imply a state of sadness to begin with, but suggests bringing pleasure or happiness to someone: to gladden someone's heart with good news. Enliven suggests bringing vivacity and liveliness: to enliven a dull evening, a party. 11. inspirit.
Antonyms
10. discourage, depress.
Example Sentences for cheering
Although many wolf biologists back the decision, not all wildlife advocates are cheering the pending status change.
Organists at ballgames bring us together, cheering, to our feet.
It turns out that there was plenty of justification for the crowd's patient wait and for cheering each presidential signature.
It is cheering to see that they are so hungry for the information, though, as well as willing to share their own info.
Fraternities and sororities would orchestrate loud cheering sections to applaud each of their members as they crossed the stage.
My friends that have taught there have really enjoyed it b/c the students are so real that you really end up cheering for them.
The cheering with which the toast was received defies description.
They are cheering or soothing companions in solitude, illness, affliction.
The crowd is extremely noisy, cheering or heckling speakers, over-riding the plans of the presidium.
Our whole army present witnessed this scene without cheering.
British Dictionary definitions for cheering
cheer (tʃɪə)
 
vb (when tr, sometimes foll by on)
1.  (usually foll by up) to make or become happy or hopeful; comfort or be comforted
2.  to applaud with shouts
3.  to encourage (a team, person, etc) with shouts, esp in contests
 
n
4.  a shout or cry of approval, encouragement, etc, often using such words as hurrah! or rah! rah! rah!
5.  three cheers three shouts of hurrah given in unison by a group to honour someone or celebrate something
6.  happiness; good spirits
7.  state of mind; spirits (archaic, except in the phrases be of good cheer, with good cheer)
8.  archaic provisions for a feast; fare
 
[C13 (in the sense: face, welcoming aspect): from Old French chere, from Late Latin cara face, from Greek kara head]
 
'cheerer
 
n
 
'cheeringly
 
adv

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Word Origin and History for cheering
cheer
early 13c., from Anglo-Norm. chere "the face," from O.Fr. chiere, from L.L. cara "face," from Gk. kara "head," from PIE base *ker- "head." Already by M.E. meaning had extended metaphorically to "mood, demeanor, mental condition" as reflected in the face. 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 positive sense has predominated since c.1400. Meaning "shout of encouragement" first recorded 1720, perhaps nautical slang (earlier "to encourage by words or deeds," early 15c.). Cheer up (intrans.) first attested 1670s. Cheers as a salute or toast when taking a drink is British, 1919. The old English greeting what cheer was picked up by Algonquian Indians of southern New England from the Puritans and spread in Indian languages as far as Canada.
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