Definition of Cheer

1. Noun. A cry or shout of approval.

Generic synonyms: Approval, Commendation
Specialized synonyms: Banzai, Bravo, Hooray, Hurrah, Salvo

2. Verb. Give encouragement to. "The performance is likely to cheer Sue"
Exact synonyms: Embolden, Hearten, Recreate
Specialized synonyms: Buck Up, Take Heart
Generic synonyms: Encourage
Derivative terms: Cheering
Antonyms: Dishearten

3. Noun. The quality of being cheerful and dispelling gloom. ; "Flowers added a note of cheerfulness to the drab room"
Exact synonyms: Cheerfulness, Sunniness, Sunshine
Generic synonyms: Attribute
Group relationships: Disposition, Temperament
Specialized synonyms: Good-humoredness, Good-humouredness, Good-naturedness, Good-temperedness
Attributes: Cheerful, Cheerless, Depressing, Uncheerful
Derivative terms: Cheery, Cheerful, Sunny
Antonyms: Uncheerfulness

4. Verb. Show approval or good wishes by shouting. "Everybody cheered the birthday boy"
Generic synonyms: Applaud
Specialized synonyms: Buoy Up, Lighten, Lighten Up
Derivative terms: Cheerer, Cheering

5. Verb. Cause (somebody) to feel happier or more cheerful. "The good news will cheer her"; "She tried to cheer up the disappointed child when he failed to win the spelling bee"
Exact synonyms: Cheer Up, Jolly Along, Jolly Up
Causes: Cheer Up, Chirk Up
Specialized synonyms: Amuse

6. Verb. Become cheerful.
Exact synonyms: Cheer Up, Chirk Up
Specialized synonyms: Exuberate, Exult, Jubilate, Rejoice, Triumph, Buoy Up, Lighten, Lighten Up
Generic synonyms: Joy, Rejoice
Antonyms: Complain

7. Verb. Spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts. "They cheer him to write the letter"; "The crowd cheered the demonstrating strikers"
Exact synonyms: Barrack, Exhort, Inspire, Pep Up, Root On, Urge, Urge On
Specialized synonyms: Cheerlead
Generic synonyms: Encourage
Derivative terms: Cheerer, Cheering, Exhortation, Exhortation, Exhortatory, Urgent, Urging

Definition of Cheer

1. n. The face; the countenance or its expression.

2. v. t. To cause to rejoice; to gladden; to make cheerful; -- often with up.

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

Definition of Cheer

1. Noun. (obsolete) The face. (defdate 13th-16th c.) ¹

2. Noun. (obsolete) One's expression or countenance. (defdate 13th-19th c.) ¹

3. Noun. (archaic) One's attitude, mood. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

4. Noun. A cheerful attitude; a nice disposition. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

5. Noun. A cry expressing joy, approval or support such as "hurray". (defdate from 18th c.) ¹

6. Noun. A chant made in support of a team at a sports event. ¹

7. Verb. (intransitive) To shout a cheer or cheers. ¹

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Definition of Cheer

1. to applaud with shouts of approval [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cheer

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cheer (current term)
cheer on
cheer up

Literary usage of Cheer

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1. The Photographic History of the Civil War ...: Thousands of Scenes by Francis Trevelyan Miller, Robert Sampson Lanier (1911)
"cheer, boys, cheer ! no more of idle sorrow ; Courage ! true hearts shall bear ... cheer boys, cheer for the willing strong right hand ; cheer, boys, cheer ..."

2. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1863)
"And though his thunder-car The rumbling tempest drive through earth and sky, Good cheer ! good cheer ! The elemental war Tells that a blessed healing hour ..."

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