Definition of cheer in US English:

cheer

verb

  • 1no object Shout for joy or in praise or encouragement.

    ‘she cheered from the sidelines’
    • ‘A great crowd turned up to cheer on the band of swimmers who took to the icy waters of the Shannon.’
    • ‘It was too easy, but the crowd cheered, so I came away feeling as if I had provided a little entertainment to start their morning.’
    • ‘All the balloons were released as the crowd cheered and watched them disappear.’
    • ‘The troop was pumped, the music was blaring, and the crowd was cheering.’
    • ‘They lowered the window pane of their car as they left the hospital after the birth, and cheered at the gathered crowd.’
    • ‘The races caused great excitement with the crowds cheering and hooting for their favourite teams.’
    • ‘But the crowd never stopped cheering and the day was a wonderful antidote to all that had gone before.’
    • ‘He shouted something in his language and the crowds cheered once more.’
    • ‘Men and women go head to head, spitting out lyrics against each other with the crowd cheering for the cleverest ones.’
    • ‘I looked at the crowd and everyone was cheering for us.’
    • ‘The crowd reacted by cheering and breaking out in loud bouts of laughter.’
    • ‘In response, the crowd cheered and at times even hooted its approval.’
    • ‘After a collective gasp, the crowd cheered ecstatically.’
    • ‘She could hear the crowd cheering loudly, shouting things she could not seem to grasp.’
    • ‘At one point the crowd was cheering between set changes, something I've never even seen in my life.’
    • ‘As I came across the field I heard the crowd shouting and cheering as I got closer.’
    • ‘The crowd started cheering as the DJ introduced their school's homecoming court.’
    • ‘On reaching the one million euro mark the crowd cheered loudly.’
    • ‘Wearing suits, they held hands and carried flowers as the crowd cheered.’
    • ‘The crowd cheered as he proved just why he has won so many dance competitions.’
    encourage, urge on, spur on, drive on, motivate, rally, inspire, fire, fire up
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    1. 1.1with object Praise or encourage with shouts.
      ‘the cyclists were cheered on by the crowds’
      ‘they cheered his emotional speech’
      • ‘This was a close and exciting game with a huge number of supporters cheering their sides on.’
      • ‘We should cheer the good news, of course, but the downgrading of offshoring as a national issue is a big mistake.’
      • ‘York education bosses were today cheering the news that they have won more than £1 million for new school buildings.’
      • ‘Investors appeared to cheer the news and the fall of the last few days started to turn around.’
      • ‘Supporters would cheer their side on because they knew them, and would most likely have a drink with them after the game.’
      • ‘On the final day many students from various schools came to support and cheer their teams, hoping to see their school win the competition.’
      • ‘So should environmentalists be cheering the news that Hollywood has finally managed a green epic?’
      • ‘We were spotted immediately and a welcoming committee of children cheered our arrival.’
      • ‘The singer reportedly broke down and wept onstage, even as her Chinese supporters cheered her on and called out to her not to cry.’
      • ‘They will be hoping to have a full strength squad to choose from and hopefully a big crowd will turn out to lend their support and cheer the Sarsfields on to what we hope will be a victory.’
      • ‘It is hoped that lots of supporters will come to cheer us along.’
      • ‘As we walked into the TA our support crew cheered us on and we plopped into the chairs set out for us.’
      • ‘It makes you feel macho and strong to be able to beat up people and vent out your frustrations on these folks while your friends cheer you on.’
      • ‘The sides were neck and neck for most of the time as the supporters cheered them on.’
      • ‘This is the only home game left in the league as the remaining three games are away and a large support to cheer the lads on would be appreciated.’
      • ‘He cheered his friend on to victory from the VIP balcony.’
      • ‘The Sarsfields however will be hoping to meet the challenge head on and they will be looking for a big support to cheer them on for what is undoubtedly their biggest game of the year.’
      • ‘Unlike some of my fellow Wales supporters, I was cheering England on.’
      • ‘GWU students cheered the news of the Napster plan but expressed some scepticism.’
      • ‘But with the ball at his feet, and the Celtic support cheering him on, the tricks come naturally.’
      acclaim, hail, salute, praise, congratulate, toast, hurrah, hurray, applaud, clap, shout for, whistle
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  • 2with object Give comfort or support to.

    ‘he seemed greatly cheered by my arrival’
    • ‘His sunny disposition doubtless cheered Americans up, but the key factor in his success was the end of the oil crisis.’
    • ‘There is more cheering news for Cameron supporters, though.’
    • ‘He tries to cheer him with news of the sheep dogs he has bought for their new occupation.’
    • ‘I returned home to cheering news from Kingster, who had kindly e-mailed to let me know just how limited my life expectancy is.’
    • ‘The news will cheer John who has been spearheading a battle to spare residents the misery of the new wave of firework events all year round.’
    • ‘Here are two fast breaking news stories to cheer the heart.’
    • ‘This thought cheers Sancho greatly and he asks Don Quijote how much he's willing to pay for each lash.’
    • ‘So it cheers me greatly to read about people like this bloke who kept on writing even though the rejections could wallpaper his office five times over.’
    • ‘The fact that the city still has 600 parks, at least going by the records, is cheering news.’
    • ‘It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you.’
    • ‘This is cheering news for anyone who has ever found their heart-rate going haywire in the company of a handsome nurse or beautiful doctor.’
    • ‘They are used to having people supporting them, cheering them and obeying orders.’
    • ‘I've gone to the keyboard in times of celebration and mourning and never has the instrument failed to comfort or cheer me.’
    • ‘The sun is up and bright; that ought to cheer my little friend up a tad.’
    • ‘Enlist the help of a life coach, friend, or family member to cheer you on in support.’
    • ‘She was disappointed about that, but she did find an aloe plant, which cheered her greatly.’
    raise someone's spirits, brighten, buoy up, enliven, animate, elate, exhilarate, hearten, gladden, uplift, give a lift to, perk up, encourage, comfort, solace, console
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    1. 2.1cheer someone up" or "cheer up Make or become less miserable.
      with object ‘I asked her out to lunch to cheer her up’
      no object ‘he cheered up at the sight of the food’
      • ‘Jodi was forced to grow up quickly and became a huge source of comfort to her mother, often buying her sunflowers to cheer her up.’
      • ‘I did my best to cheer them up and encourage them.’
      • ‘Laughter is not only the best medicine when it comes to cheering you up and making you feel better, it helps you keep fit and lose weight as well.’
      • ‘It cheers me up enormously, and I don't really know why.’
      • ‘He's clever and handsome, and he cheers you up when you're feeling sad, and he always washes all the pots and pans after lunch, and puts them away neatly.’
      • ‘He said he was thankful to his teachers, who had encouraged him and cheered him up when he was unhappy.’
      • ‘Sometimes you feel very lonely and down, but to see all the kids having a good time cheers you up and gives you hope.’
      • ‘To your friends, you are always that loyal companion standing by their side, cheering them up when they're feeling down.’
      • ‘When people feel down, buying and eating sweets always cheers them up.’
      • ‘He cheers her up, she calms him down, and together they manage to be sincere, cool and winningly goofy at the same time.’
      • ‘The little boy utters the same encouraging words she used to cheer him up.’
      • ‘Suddenly, she perked up, and I knew she just came up with a new inspiration to cheer me up.’
      • ‘Now when I wake up in the middle of the night feeling not worthy, I ring him and he cheers me up.’
      • ‘The goal is to pair patients with books which will serve as an inspiration for them to get better - or at least cheer them up.’
      • ‘They had taken care of her when she was sick, or hurt, and they had comforted and cheered her up when she was sad.’
      • ‘She had a smile on her face that could cheer me up no matter how miserable I was feeling.’
      • ‘The sheer pointlessness of the exercise always cheers them up.’
      • ‘Two DVDs arrived this week, cheering me up to no end.’
      • ‘Thanking people cheers them up; you can see their faces light up.’
      • ‘I know what I'm saying probably doesn't make sense, and I'll admit it, I have no idea how to cheer you up or comfort you, but I'm still going to try my best.’
      perk up, brighten, brighten up, become more cheerful, pick up, liven up, become livelier, rally, revive, bounce back, take heart, be heartened, take on a new lease of life
      raise someone's spirits, make happier, make more cheerful, buoy up, perk up, enliven, animate, hearten, gladden, uplift, give a lift to, encourage
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noun

  • 1A shout of encouragement, praise, or joy.

    ‘a tremendous cheer from the audience’
    • ‘There were great cheers and shouts from the children.’
    • ‘The screams of agony were lost among the cheers and shouts of joy at his appearance, as his handlers kept him moving quickly from person to person.’
    • ‘A theatre full of modern-day hyperactive children still laughs and cheers at all the right places.’
    • ‘When they finally got out of the stadium, they could see a huge valley of people screaming cheers of encouragement and delight at them.’
    • ‘Everyone ought to lead a parade once in their life, just to experience the curious sensation of marching down the middle of the street to cheers and hurrahs.’
    • ‘The congregation claps and cheers and then goes home and bad-talks the pastor over Sunday lunch.’
    • ‘There were a few shouts and some cheers as people raised their hands, glasses or anything they happened to be holding.’
    • ‘The watchers began to make wagers and to shout encouragements and cheers.’
    • ‘Then the room exploded into cheers and claps and catcalls.’
    • ‘He wore their red and white colours with pride, enjoyed their success with shouts and cheers.’
    • ‘He looked into the crowd, first to the left then the right, all the while letting his people idolize him with cheers and yells.’
    • ‘That line did not arouse raucous cheers or a standing ovation.’
    • ‘When he took the chair for the last time as leader he was greeted by tremendous cheers and a chorus of ‘For He's a Jolly Good Fellow’.’
    • ‘At the presentation ceremony in the school hall, all the pupils came together to give the dinner ladies three tremendous cheers.’
    • ‘The field and stands erupted into cheers and celebratory shouts.’
    • ‘The sound of cheers and shouts echoed throughout the whole gym.’
    • ‘His words were drowned out by claps and cheers from the audience of scientists, engineers and guests.’
    • ‘Elizabeth's gay laugh mingled with the cheers and hollers of everyone out in the yard.’
    • ‘The cheers and shouting grew louder as she approached town.’
    • ‘There were a few hoots and cheers from the audience again.’
    hurrah, hurray, whoop, bravo, hoot, shout, shriek
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    1. 1.1US A brief phrase shouted in unison by a crowd, typically led by cheerleaders, in support of an athletic team.
      • ‘With each shout and cheer, they lift him into the air.’
      • ‘When he appeared, a swelling cheer rose from the crowd.’
      • ‘But with every rally, every cheer from the crowd, the movement grows stronger.’
      • ‘BG will lead the cheer for you any day (cheerleaders are athletes, you know).’
      • ‘There was jubilation all around, with the corporate captains leading the cheer.’
      • ‘There's a cheer from the crowd but I can barely hear it through the padding in the helmet.’
      • ‘Ignoring the crowd's cheer, I jumped off the platform onto the arena.’
      • ‘The crowd let out a cheer and a few of them threw their hats into the air.’
      • ‘The crowd let out another cheer, and the crowd had certainly grown.’
      • ‘While they were talking a loud cheer erupted throughout the crowd.’
      • ‘A loud cheer erupted from the crowd, which surprised Cate.’
      • ‘An enormous cheer arose from the crowd as the girls skated on.’
      • ‘A loud cheer rose from the crowd, as the show ended on one massive guitar rift.’
      • ‘He was greeted by a rousing cheer from the crowd, which spread to every corner of the historic gathering point, when he appeared on stage.’
      • ‘There is a muted cheer from the crowd as the tension builds.’
      • ‘Just as I passed through the crowd, a cheer went up - it was pretty obvious we'd won the game.’
      • ‘There was a cheer from the crowd and the pair turned their heads to see what had happened.’
      • ‘The crowd gave a loud cheer and she saw him smirk and wave.’
      • ‘She could hear the cheer of the crowd behind them as they ran.’
      • ‘The partisan crowd made a cheer which surely equaled any decibel level ever recorded at a sporting event.’
  • 2Cheerfulness, optimism, or confidence.

    ‘an attempt to inject a little cheer into this gloomy season’
    • ‘It pops like-minded scribes into committees and they help to spread saffron cheer by selecting others like themselves, or doing what is expected of them.’
    • ‘For our own culture, steeped as it is in the relentless pursuit of personal pleasure and endless cheer, that message is worth heeding.’
    • ‘It brings good cheer and some rays of hope to the darkest days of winter.’
    • ‘It was an evening of rejoicing and good cheer at the annual switching on of the Foxford Christmas Lights.’
    • ‘It was good activist fun that brought cheer to the soul.’
    • ‘Thousands of visitors poured into York over the Golden Jubilee Bank Holiday - bringing cheer to businesses coping with gloomy figures.’
    • ‘But I do hope they bring some cheer for this season and beyond.’
    • ‘In today's world of stress and struggle it is a great thing if I can bring cheer, hope and liveliness to my family and surroundings.’
    • ‘She would say and do things at random, and it was always said or done with her usual cheer and joy.’
    • ‘This is not a column of Christmas cheer, but it hopes to tap Christmas charity.’
    • ‘Upon returning, we learn that holidays are not always filled with fun and good cheer.’
    • ‘He wondered where the joy and cheer of the day had gone.’
    • ‘The weekend includes a disco, and should be lots of fun as a whole, with lots of high spirits and good cheer!’
    • ‘A Gemini person brings good cheer and happiness in your life.’
    • ‘It is at once an outlet for our feelings and a source of cheer and hope.’
    • ‘Yes, I was trying to bring a little joy and cheer into the world.’
    • ‘Special events held at the school are real treats for the kids, bringing joy and cheer into their lives.’
    • ‘They bring about an element of optimism and cheer in one's life.’
    • ‘The volunteers' main aim is to make strangers feel at home, loved and appreciated by spreading cheer and elation all around.’
    • ‘These filled shoe boxes are Christmas presents that we hope will bring some cheer to these children on Christmas morning.’
    happiness, joy, joyousness, cheerfulness, cheeriness, gladness, merriment, gaiety, hilarity, mirth, glee, blitheness, jubilation, exultation, euphoria, jollity, jolliness, high spirits, joviality, jocularity, conviviality, light-heartedness, buoyancy, optimism, hope, hopefulness
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    1. 2.1 Food and drink provided for a festive occasion.
      ‘they had partaken heartily of the Christmas cheer’
      • ‘With drink and festive cheer in excess, it's easy to throw caution to the wind and find yourself acting recklessly on a Christmas night out.’
      fare, food, foodstuffs, eatables, provisions, rations, sustenance, meat
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Phrases

  • of good cheer

    • archaic Cheerful; optimistic.

      • ‘There was plenty of good cheer as everyone sat down to a four course meal.’
      • ‘With the kids jingle belling and everyone telling you be of good cheer, it's the most wonderful time of the year.’
      • ‘It was to be a rosy day, full of good cheer and bright optimism.’
      • ‘Though it is a season of good cheer and goodwill toward all, it is also a time of conspicuous energy consumption.’
      • ‘For many folks, the holidays are a time to join family and loved ones in a blizzard of good cheer and heartwarming togetherness.’
      happy, jolly, merry, bright, glad, sunny, joyful, joyous, light-hearted, in good spirits, in high spirits, sparkling, bubbly, exuberant, ebullient, cock-a-hoop, elated, gleeful, breezy, airy, cheery, sprightly, jaunty, animated, radiant, smiling, grinning, laughing, mirthful, frolicsome
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  • three cheers

    • Three successive hurrahs shouted to express appreciation or congratulation.

      ‘three cheers for the winners!’
      • ‘There was levity, including lots of cheers and high spirits, a conga line and even three cheers for the Queen's 50th jubilee.’
      • ‘Join with me now, and give three cheers for the life of a great Tasmanian.’
      • ‘If the relocation of 110 civil service jobs from London to York is not worth three cheers, it certainly merits a hearty two.’
      • ‘It was a congratulations to him and a three cheers.’
      • ‘She was treated to a chorus of ‘happy birthday’ and three cheers from the assembled guests.’
      • ‘The Commerce students of Fatima College topped the competitive list with high scores, receiving three cheers from the spectators.’
      • ‘One passenger led the rest in three cheers for Concorde.’
      • ‘He and the other two waved the rest off and said three cheers to them.’
      • ‘When they tried to raise three cheers for the couple during the walkabout, they could only muster two.’
      • ‘Respecting Copyright is a good thing, and three cheers for a website that makes it easier to do that.’
  • what cheer?

    • archaic How are you?

Origin

Middle English: from Old French chiere ‘face’, from late Latin cara, from Greek kara ‘head’. The original sense was ‘face’, hence ‘expression, mood’, later specifically ‘a good mood’.

Pronunciation

cheer

/tʃɪr//CHir/