Definitions for: Cheer


[n] the quality of being cheerful and dispelling gloom; "flowers added a note of cheerfulness to the drab room"
[n] a cry or shout of approval
[v] show approval or good wishes by shouting; "everybody cheered the birthday boy"
[v] urge on or encourage esp. by shouts; "The crowd cheered the demonstrating strikers"
[v] become cheerful
[v] make cheerful
[v] give encouragement to



Webster (1913) Definition: Cheer (ch[=e]r), n. [OE. chere face, welcome, cheer, OF.
chiere, F. ch[`e]re, fr. LL. cara face, Gr. ? head; akin to
Skr. [,c]iras, L. cerebrum brain, G. hirn, and E. cranium.]
1. The face; the countenance or its expression. [Obs.]
``Sweat of thy cheer.'' --Wyclif.

2. Feeling; spirit; state of mind or heart.

Be of good cheer. --Matt. ix. 2.

The parents . . . fled away with heavy cheer.
--Holland.

3. Gayety; mirth; cheerfulness; animation.

I have not that alacrity of spirit, Nor cheer of
mind, that I was wont to have. --Shak.

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

5. A shout, hurrah, or acclamation, expressing joy
enthusiasm, applause, favor, etc.

Welcome her, thundering cheer of the street.
--Tennyson.

Whzt cheer? Now do you fare? What is there that is
cheering?


Cheer, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cheered; p. pr. & vb. n.
cheering.]
1. To cause to rejoice; to gladden; to make cheerful; --
often with up. --Cowpe.

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

The proud he tamed, the penitent he cheered.
--Dryden.

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

To cheer ship, to salute a passing ship by cheers of
sailors stationed in the rigging.

Syn: To gladden; encourage; inspirit; comfort; console;
enliven; refresh; exhilarate; animate; applaud.


Cheer, v. i.
1. To grow cheerful; to become gladsome or joyous; -- usually
with up.

At sight of thee my gloomy soul cheers up. --A.
Philips.

2. To be in any state or temper of mind. [Obs.]

How cheer'st thou, Jessica? --Shak.

3. To utter a shout or shouts of applause, triumph, etc.

And even the ranks of Tusculum Could scare forbear
to cheer. --Macaulay.

Synonyms: barrack, cheer up, cheerfulness, chirk up, embolden, exhort, hearten, inspire, jolly along, jolly up, pep up, recreate, urge, urge on

Antonyms: complain, dishearten, kick, kvetch, plain, put off, quetch, sound off, uncheerfulness

See Also: amuse, applaud, approval, attribute, banzai, bravo, buck up, buoy up, cheer, cheerlead, commendation, disposition, encourage, encourage, exult, good humouredness, good naturedness, good-humoredness, good-temperedness, hooray, hurrah, joy, jubilate, lighten, rejoice, salvo, take heart, temperament, triumph

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