cheer

A cheer is what you shout at a sporting event when you cheer your team on, showing your enthusiasm and support. Often there's a lot of cheer or good spirits at these games, unless of course your favorite team loses.

The word cheer comes from the Old French chiere, meaning "face." When you cheer someone on, you show approval, whether on your face through a smile, or by shouting encouragement. Cheer is also a quality of being sunny or happy. You can cheer someone up by being silly or entertaining. Or, you could raise a glass to them and toast, "Cheers!"

Definitions of cheer
  1. noun
    a cry or shout of approval
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    banzai
    a Japanese cheer of enthusiasm or triumph
    bravo
    a cry of approval as from an audience at the end of great performance
    hooray, hurrah
    a victory cheer
    salvo
    a sudden outburst of cheers
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    approval, commendation
    a message expressing a favorable opinion
  2. verb
    show approval or good wishes by shouting
    “everybody cheered the birthday boy”
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    buoy up, lighten, lighten up
    make more cheerful
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    applaud
    express approval of
  3. verb
    cause (somebody) to feel happier or more cheerful
    “She tried to cheer up the disappointed child when he failed to win the spelling bee”
    synonyms: cheer up, jolly along, jolly up
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    amuse
    make (somebody) laugh
    convulse
    make someone convulse with laughter
  4. verb
    spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts
    “The crowd cheered the demonstrating strikers”
    synonyms: barrack, exhort, inspire, pep up, root on, urge, urge on
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    cheerlead
    act as a cheerleader in a sports event
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    encourage
    inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to
  5. verb
    give encouragement to
    synonyms: buoy, embolden, hearten, recreate
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    dishearten, put off
    take away the enthusiasm of
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    buck up, take heart
    gain courage
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    encourage
    inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to
  6. verb
    become cheerful
    synonyms: cheer up, chirk up
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    complain, kick, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off
    express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
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    exuberate, exult, jubilate, rejoice, triumph
    to express great joy
    buoy up, lighten, lighten up
    become more cheerful
    glory
    rejoice proudly
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    joy, rejoice
    feel happiness or joy
  7. noun
    the quality of being cheerful and dispelling gloom
    synonyms: cheerfulness, sunniness, sunshine
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    uncheerfulness
    not conducive to cheer or good spirits
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    good-humoredness, good-humouredness, good-naturedness, good-temperedness
    a cheerful willingness to be obliging
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    attribute
    an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
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