What does cheer mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cheernoun

    a cry or shout of approval

  2. cheerfulness, cheer, sunniness, sunshineverb

    the quality of being cheerful and dispelling gloom

    "flowers added a note of cheerfulness to the drab room"

  3. cheer, hearten, recreate, emboldenverb

    give encouragement to

  4. cheerverb

    show approval or good wishes by shouting

    "everybody cheered the birthday boy"

  5. cheer, cheer up, jolly along, jolly upverb

    cause (somebody) to feel happier or more cheerful

    "She tried to cheer up the disappointed child when he failed to win the spelling bee"

  6. cheer, cheer up, chirk upverb

    become cheerful

  7. cheer, root on, inspire, urge, barrack, urge on, exhort, pep upverb

    spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts

    "The crowd cheered the demonstrating strikers"


  1. cheernoun

    The face.

  2. cheernoun

    One's expression or countenance.

  3. cheernoun

    One's attitude, mood.

  4. cheernoun

    A cheerful attitude; a nice disposition.

  5. cheernoun

    A cry expressing joy, approval or support such as "hurray".

    A cheer rose from the crowd.

  6. cheernoun

    A chant made in support of a team at a sports event.

  7. cheerverb

    To shout a cheer or cheers.

    The crowd cheered in support of the athletes.

  8. Etymology: From chere, from chiere, from cara.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CHEERnoun

    It seems to have, in English, some relation to both these senses.

    Etymology: chere, Fr. entertainment; cara, Sp. the countenance.

    But though my cates be mean, take them in good part;
    Better cheer you may have, but not with better heart. William Shakespeare, Comedy of Errours.

    His will was never determined to any pursuit of good cheer, poignant sauces, and delicious wines. John Locke.

    My royal lord,
    You do not give the cheer; the feast is sold
    That is not often vouched, while ’tis making
    ’Tis given with welcome. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    I have not that alacrity of spirit,
    Nor cheer of mind, that I was wont to have. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    Right faithful true he was in deed and word,
    But of his cheer did seem too solemn sad.
    Nothing did he dread, but ever was ydrad. Edmund Spenser, Fairy Q.

    Which publick death, receiv’d with such a cheer,
    As not a sigh, a look, a shrink bewrays
    The least felt touch of a degenerous fear,
    Gave life to envy, to his courage praise. Samuel Daniel, Civil W.

    He ended; and his words their drooping cheer
    Enlighten’d, and their languish’d hope reviv’d. John Milton.

    At length appear
    Her grisly brethren stretch’d upon the bier:
    Pale at the sudden sight, she chang’d her cheer. John Dryden, Fables.

    Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat. Acts, xxvii. 36.

  2. To Cheerverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    He complained in vain, that he was betrayed: yet, for all that, he was nothing discouraged, but cheered up the footmen. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    He cheer’d the dogs to follow her who fled,
    And vow’d revenge on her devoted head. John Dryden, Fables.

    I died, ere I could lend thee aid;
    But cheer thy heart, and be thou not dismay’d. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    Displeas’d at what, not suffering, they had seen,
    They went to cheer the faction of the green. Dryden.

    Hark! a glad voice the lonely desert cheers;
    Prepare the way, a god, a god appears. Alexander Pope, Messiah.

    The sacred sun, above the waters rais’d,
    Thro’ heaven’s eternal brazen portals blaz’d,
    And wide o’er earth diffus’d his cheering ray. Alexander Pope.

  3. To Cheerverb

    To grow gay or gladsome.

    At sight of thee my gloomy soul cheers up;
    My hopes revive, and gladness dawns within me. Ambrose Philips, Distrest Mother.


  1. cheer

    Cheering involves the uttering or making of sounds and may be used to encourage, excite to action, indicate approval or welcome. The word cheer originally meant face, countenance, or expression, and came through Old French into Middle English in the 13th century from Low Latin cara, head; this is generally referred to the Greek καρα;. Cara is used by the 6th-century poet Flavius Cresconius Corippus, Postquam venere verendam Caesilris ante caram (In Laud em Justini Minoris). Cheer was at first qualified with epithets, both of joy and gladness and of sorrow; compare She thanked Dyomede for ale ... his gode chere (Chaucer, Troylus) with If they sing ... tis with so dull a cheere (Shakespeare, Sonnets, xcvii.). An early transference in meaning was to hospitality or entertainment, and hence to food and drink, good cheer. The sense of a shout of encouragement or applause is a late use. Defoe (Captain Singleton) speaks of it as a sailor's word, and the meaning does not appear in Johnson's Dictionary.Of the different words or rather sounds that are used in cheering, "hurrah", though now generally looked on as the typical British form of cheer, is found in various forms in German, Scandinavian, Russian (ura), French (hourra). It is probably onomatopoeic in origin. The English hurrah was preceded by huzza, stated to be a sailors word, and generally connected with heeze, to hoist, probably being one of the cries that sailors use when hauling or hoisting. The German hoch, seen in full in Hoch lebe der Kaiser, &c., the French vive, Italian and Spanish viva, evviva, are cries rather of acclamation than encouragement. The Japanese shout banzai became familiar during the Russo-Japanese War. In reports of parliamentary and other debates the insertion of cheers at any point in a speech indicates that approval was shown by members of the House by emphatic utterances of hear hear. Cheering may be tumultuous, or it may be conducted rhythmically by prearrangement, as in the case of the Hip-hip-hip by way of introduction to a simultaneous hurrah. The saying "hip hip hurrah" dates to the early 1800s. Nevertheless, some sources speculate possible roots going back to the crusaders, then meaning "Jerusalem is lost to the infidel, and we are on our way to paradise". The abbreviation HEP would then stand for Hierosolyma est perdita, "Jerusalem is lost" in Latin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cheernoun

    the face; the countenance or its expression

  2. Cheernoun

    feeling; spirit; state of mind or heart

  3. Cheernoun

    gayety; mirth; cheerfulness; animation

  4. Cheernoun

    that which promotes good spirits or cheerfulness; provisions prepared for a feast; entertainment; as, a table loaded with good cheer

  5. Cheernoun

    a shout, hurrah, or acclamation, expressing joy enthusiasm, applause, favor, etc

  6. Cheerverb

    to cause to rejoice; to gladden; to make cheerful; -- often with up

  7. Cheerverb

    to infuse life, courage, animation, or hope, into; to inspirit; to solace or comfort

  8. Cheerverb

    to salute or applaud with cheers; to urge on by cheers; as, to cheer hounds in a chase

  9. Cheerverb

    to grow cheerful; to become gladsome or joyous; -- usually with up

  10. Cheerverb

    to be in any state or temper of mind

  11. Cheerverb

    to utter a shout or shouts of applause, triumph, etc

  12. Etymology: [OE. chere face, welcome, cheer, OF. chiere, F. chre, fr. LL. cara face, Gr. ka`ra head; akin to Skr. iras, L. cerebrum brain, G. hirn, and E. cranium.]


  1. Cheer

    Cheer is the name of a laundry detergent sold in the United States and Canada. It is manufactured by Procter & Gamble. It was introduced in 1950, and after a slight reformulation in 1952, was a highly successful follow up to P&G's Tide product from 1948-49. Cheer is recognized for its distinctive blue granules. The 1952 formula was designed to clean as well as perform bluing, which makes white clothing look whiter. Magazine and television ads at the time proclaimed, "...washes clothes so clean, so white, you don't need bluing or bleach!" This was well known as a sponsor of I Love Lucy. In the 1960s, the brand was repositioned as "All Temperature Cheer" or as it was also known, "All-Tempa-Cheer", as it was formulated to clean clothes effectively in all water temperatures. The brand is currently known as "Cheer Colorguard" and "Cheer Brightclean." Favorite laundry detergent of the Jerry Seinfeld character as seen in the episode about the AIDS walk.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cheer

    chēr, n. disposition, frame of mind (with good, &c.): joy: a shout of approval or welcome: kind treatment: entertainment: fare, food.—v.t. to comfort: to encourage: to applaud: to inspirit—'to cheer up.'—v.i. in such phrases as 'How cheer'st thou?'—refl. as in 'Cheer thee.'—n. Cheer′er, one who, or that which, cheers.—adj. Cheer′ful, of good spirits: joyful: lively.—advs. Cheer′fully, Cheer′ily.—ns. Cheer′fulness; Cheer′iness; Cheer′ishness (Milton), cheerfulness.—adj. Cheer′less, without comfort: gloomy.—n. Cheer′lessness.—adj. Cheer′ly, cheerful.—adv. in a cheery manner: heartily.—adj. Cheer′y, cheerful: promoting cheerfulness. [O. Fr. chiere, the countenance—Low L. cara, the face.]

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cheer' in Verbs Frequency: #974

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cheer in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cheer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of cheer in a Sentence

  1. Ricardo Marques:

    At Budweiser, we have a long-standing tradition of decorating our local breweries across this country during the holidays, this season, we want to extend the holiday cheer with our limited-edition bottles and toast to a bright new year. The new red aluminum bottle isn't the first special design the legacy beer maker has issued this year. In May, Anheuser-Busch InBev replaced the beer's name with the word.

  2. Christina Rossetti:

    For there is no friend like a sister in calm or stormy weather; To cheer one on the tedious way, to fetch one if one goes astray, to lift one if one totters down, to strengthen whilst one stands.

  3. Ben Roethlisberge:

    So let’s be positive, let’s cheer him on, let’s wish for one of his best games tonight and let’s keep business boomin’.

  4. Lexi Brumback:

    Most of these big-name gyms, they charge a lot of money for, you know, monthly tuition or competitions and uniforms, i've been in cheer for 12 years, and I've never paid a single dime. I've always just, I guess, had that tumbling that they just want you to go to the gym. You don't have to pay to go there.

  5. Walter Scott:

    Twas Christmas broach'd the mightiest ale; 'twas Christmas told the merriest tale; a Christmas gambol oft could cheer the poor man's heart through half the year.

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Translations for cheer

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  • يشجعArabic
  • аплодирам, настроение, одобрително възклицаниеBulgarian
  • aufheitern, aufmuntern, jubeln, applaudierenGerman
  • hurai, huraoEsperanto
  • hurra, alegría, aclamarSpanish
  • hilpeys, hurrata, hurraahuuto, kannustaa, kannustushuuto, iloisuusFinnish
  • applaudir, acclamerFrench
  • जयकारHindi
  • buonumore, incitareItalian
  • 声援, 喝采, 励ますJapanese
  • sorakanMalay
  • heiarop, heieNorwegian
  • поощрять, подбадривать, воодушевлять, приветствовать, аплодировать, ликоватьRussian
  • heja, hejaramsa, hurraSwedish
  • vui lênVietnamese

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