Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

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