I. noun Etymology: Middle English chere face, cheer, from Anglo-French, face, from Medieval Latin cara, probably from Greek kara head, face — more at cerebral Date: 13th century 1. a. obsolete face b. archaic facial expression 2. state of mind or heart ; spirit <
be of good cheer — Matthew 9:2(Authorized Version)
3. lightness of mind and feeling ; animation, gaiety 4. hospitable entertainment ; welcome 5. food and drink for a feast ; fare 6. something that gladdens <
words of cheer
7. a shout of applause or encouragement II. verb Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to instill with hope or courage ; comfort — usually used with up b. to make glad or happy — usually used with up 2. to urge on or encourage especially by shouts <
cheered the team on
3. to applaud with shouts intransitive verb 1. obsolete to be mentally or emotionally disposed 2. to grow or be cheerful ; rejoice — usually used with up 3. to utter a shout of applause or triumph • cheerer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Cheer — (ch[=e]r), n. [OE. chere face, welcome, cheer, OF. chiere, F. ch[ e]re, fr. LL. cara face, Gr. ka ra 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cheer — [n1] happiness animation, buoyancy, cheerfulness, cheeriness, comfort, delight, encouragement, exuberance, gaiety, geniality, gladness, glee, good cheer, hilarity, hopefulness, jauntiness, jocundity, joy, joyousness, lightheartedness, liveliness …   New thesaurus

  • Cheer — Cheer, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cheered} (ch[=e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {cheering}.] 1. To cause to rejoice; to gladden; to make cheerful; often with up. Cowpe. [1913 Webster] 2. To infuse life, courage, animation, or hope, into; to inspirit; to solace… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cheer — Cheer, v. i. 1. To grow cheerful; to become gladsome or joyous; usually with up. [1913 Webster] At sight of thee my gloomy soul cheers up. A. Philips. [1913 Webster] 2. To be in any state or temper of mind. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] How cheer st thou …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cheer — [chir] n. [ME chere, the face, demeanor, bearing, mood < OFr chiere < LL cara, head < Gr kara < IE base * k̑er , head, HORN; modern senses < phr. good cheer (Fr bonne chère)] 1. state of mind or of feeling; mood; spirit: now… …   English World dictionary

  • cheer — ► VERB 1) shout for joy or in praise or encouragement. 2) praise or encourage with shouts. 3) (cheer up) make or become less miserable. 4) give comfort or support to. ► NOUN 1) a shout of joy, encouragement, or praise …   English terms dictionary

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  • Cheer — (engl., spr. tschīr), Jubel , Freuden , Hochruf …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Cheer — (engl., spr. tschihr), Jubel , Hoch , Beifallruf …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • cheer — index assure (give confidence to), honor, promise (raise expectations), reassure, solace, spirit Burton s Legal Thesaurus. Will …   Law dictionary

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