from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Lightness of spirits or mood; gaiety or joy: a happy tune, full of cheer.
- n. A source of joy or happiness; a comfort.
- n. A shout of approval, encouragement, or congratulation.
- n. A short, rehearsed jingle or phrase, shouted in unison by a squad of cheerleaders.
- n. Festive food and drink; refreshment.
- transitive v. To make happier or more cheerful: a warm fire that cheered us.
- transitive v. To encourage with or as if with cheers; urge: The fans cheered the runners on. See Synonyms at encourage.
- transitive v. To salute or acclaim with cheers; applaud. See Synonyms at applaud.
- intransitive v. To shout cheers.
- intransitive v. To become cheerful: had lunch and soon cheered up.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A chant made in support of a team at a sports event.
- v. To shout a cheer or cheers.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The face; the countenance or its expression.
- n. Feeling; spirit; state of mind or heart.
- n. Gayety; mirth; cheerfulness; animation.
- n. That which promotes good spirits or cheerfulness; provisions prepared for a feast; entertainment.
- n. A shout, hurrah, or acclamation, expressing joy enthusiasm, applause, favor, etc.
- transitive v. To cause to rejoice; to gladden; to make cheerful; -- often with up.
- transitive v. To infuse life, courage, animation, or hope, into; to inspirit; to solace or comfort.
- transitive v. To salute or applaud with cheers; to urge on by cheers.
- intransitive v. To grow cheerful; to become gladsome or joyous; -- usually with up.
- intransitive v. To be in any state or temper of mind.
- intransitive v. To utter a shout or shouts of applause, triumph, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The face; countenance.
- n. Look; demeanor.
- n. Expression of countenance, as noting the state of feeling.
- n. State or temper of the mind as indicated by expression or demeanor; state of feeling or spirits.
- n. A state of gladness or joy; gaiety; animation.
- n. That which makes cheerful or promotes good spirits; entertainment; provisions for a feast; viands; fare.
- n. A shout of joy, encouragement, applause, or acclamation.
- n. Fortune; luck; also, report; tidings.
- To dispel despondency, sorrow, or apathy from; cause to rejoice; gladden; make cheerful; often with up.
- To cure; recover.
- To incite; encourage.
- To salute with shouts of joy or cheers; applaud: as, to cheer a public speaker.
- To be in any state or temper of mind; fare.
- To grow cheerful; cast off gloom or despondency; become glad or joyous: often with up.
- To utter a cheer or shout of acclamation or joy.
- To fare; prosper.
- Dear; loved.
- Worthy; fit.
- n. A dear one; a friend.
- n. English dialectal and former literary form of chair.
- n. A name of Wallich's pheasant, Phasianus wallichi.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cause (somebody) to feel happier or more cheerful
- v. give encouragement to
- n. a cry or shout of approval
- n. the quality of being cheerful and dispelling gloom
- v. show approval or good wishes by shouting
- v. become cheerful
- v. spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts
Middle English chere, expression, mood, from Old French chiere, face, from Late Latin cara, from Greek kara, head; see ker-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman chere, from Old French chiere, from Late Latin cara. (Wiktionary)