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cheer Line breaks: cheer
Pronunciation: /tʃɪə/

Definition of cheer in English:


1 [no object] Shout for joy or in praise or encouragement: she cheered from the sidelines (as adjective cheering) a cheering crowd
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  • As I came across the field I heard the crowd shouting and cheering as I got closer.
  • She could hear the crowd cheering loudly, shouting things she could not seem to grasp.
  • He shouted something in his language and the crowds cheered once more.
encourage, urge on, spur on, drive on, motivate, rally, inspire, fire, fire up;
give someone a lift, keep someone going, see someone through
North American informal root for, light a fire under
rare inspirit
1.1 [with object] Praise or encourage with shouts: MPs rose to cheer the Chancellor the cyclists were cheered on by the crowds
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  • 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.
  • As we walked into the TA our support crew cheered us on and we plopped into the chairs set out for us.
  • This was a close and exciting game with a huge number of supporters cheering their sides on.
acclaim, hail, salute, praise, congratulate, toast, hurrah, hurray, applaud, clap, shout for, whistle;
honour, glorify;
express approval of, express admiration for, show one's appreciation of, put one's hands together for
informal root for, holler for, give someone a big hand, bring the house down
North American informal ballyhoo
archaic emblazon
2 [with object] Give comfort or support to: he seemed greatly cheered by my arrival
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  • There is more cheering news for Cameron supporters, though.
  • It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you.
  • Enlist the help of a life coach, friend, or family member to cheer you on in support.
raise someone's spirits, brighten, buoy up, enliven, animate, elate, exhilarate, hearten, gladden, uplift, give a lift to, perk up, encourage, comfort, solace, console
informal buck up
rare inspirit
2.1 (cheer 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
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  • He said he was thankful to his teachers, who had encouraged him and cheered him up when he was unhappy.
  • I did my best to cheer them up and encourage them.
  • They had taken care of her when she was sick, or hurt, and they had comforted and cheered her up when she was sad.
perk up, 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
informal buck up
raise someone's spirits, make happier, make more cheerful, buoy up, perk up, enliven, animate, hearten, gladden, uplift, give a lift to, encourage;
comfort, solace, console
informal buck up, pep up
rare inspirit


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1A shout of encouragement, praise, or joy: a tremendous cheer from the audience
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  • Then the room exploded into cheers and claps and catcalls.
  • Elizabeth's gay laugh mingled with the cheers and hollers of everyone out in the yard.
  • The watchers began to make wagers and to shout encouragements and cheers.
hurrah, hurray, whoop, bravo, hoot, shout, shriek;
(cheers)acclaim, acclamation, shouting, clamour, applause, clapping, ovation
informal holler
rare laudation
archaic huzza
2 (also good cheer) [mass noun] Cheerfulness, optimism, or confidence: an attempt to inject a little cheer into this gloomy season
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  • They bring about an element of optimism and cheer in one's life.
  • It was good activist fun that brought cheer to the soul.
  • 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.
2.1Food and drink provided for a festive occasion: they had partaken heartily of the Christmas cheer
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  • 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.


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'.

  • In medieval English the word cheer meant ‘face’, coming ultimately from Greek kara ‘head’. People came to use it to refer to the expression on someone's face, and hence to their mood or demeanour. This could be in either a positive or negative sense; you could talk, for example, about a person's ‘sorrowful cheer’ or ‘heavy cheer’. ‘What cheer?’ was once a common greeting meaning ‘how are you?’, and in the 19th century this eventually became worn down to wotcha. Over time cheer developed the specific meaning of ‘a good mood’ and then ‘a shout of encouragement or joy’. A Bronx cheer is a rude noise made by blowing through closed lips with the tongue between them—what is also called a raspberry.


of good cheer

archaic Cheerful; optimistic.
Example sentences
  • It was to be a rosy day, full of good cheer and bright optimism.
  • With the kids jingle belling and everyone telling you be of good cheer, it's the most wonderful time of the year.
  • For many folks, the holidays are a time to join family and loved ones in a blizzard of good cheer and heartwarming togetherness.

three cheers

Three successive hurrahs shouted to express appreciation or congratulation: three cheers for the winners!
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  • It was a congratulations to him and a three cheers.
  • He and the other two waved the rest off and said three cheers to them.
  • The Commerce students of Fatima College topped the competitive list with high scores, receiving three cheers from the spectators.

two cheers

Qualified approval or mild enthusiasm: larger companies gave at least two cheers for the Budget
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  • He said: ‘There were two cheers for these promises but locals want more effective action taken now, to improve station safety.’
  • He raises two cheers for TV talent shows
  • But I still think that the progress humanists have made on this issue in recent years deserves a resounding - two cheers.

what cheer?

archaic How are you?

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