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!"

Primary Meanings of cheer

1.
nv
a cry or shout of approval
show approval or good wishes by shouting
2.
vn
become cheerful
the quality of being cheerful and dispelling gloom
Full Definitions of cheer
1

n 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
Type of:
approval, commendation
a message expressing a favorable opinion

v show approval or good wishes by shouting

“everybody cheered the birthday boy”
Types:
buoy up, lighten, lighten up
make more cheerful
Type of:
applaud
express approval of

v 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
Types:
amuse
make (somebody) laugh
convulse
make someone convulse with laughter

v 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
Types:
cheerlead
act as a cheerleader in a sports event
Type of:
encourage
inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to

v give encouragement to

Synonyms:
embolden, hearten, recreate
Antonyms:
dishearten, put off
take away the enthusiasm of
Types:
buck up, take heart
gain courage
Type of:
encourage
inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to
2

v become cheerful

Synonyms:
cheer up, chirk up
Antonyms:
complain, kick, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off
express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
Types:
exuberate, exult, jubilate, rejoice, triumph
to express great joy
buoy up, lighten, lighten up
become more cheerful
glory
rejoice proudly
Type of:
joy, rejoice
feel happiness or joy

n the quality of being cheerful and dispelling gloom

Synonyms:
cheerfulness, sunniness, sunshine
Antonyms:
uncheerfulness
not conducive to cheer or good spirits
Types:
good-humoredness, good-humouredness, good-naturedness, good-temperedness
a cheerful willingness to be obliging
Type of:
attribute
an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity

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