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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English chere, from Old French chere, from Old French chiere, from Late Latin cara.


cheer (countable and uncountable, plural cheers)

  1. (uncountable) A cheerful attitude; gaiety; mirth. [from 14thc.]
    • (Can we date this quote?) William Shakespeare
      I have not that alacrity of spirit, / Nor cheer of mind, that I was wont to have.
  2. That which promotes good spirits or cheerfulness; provisions prepared for a feast; entertainment.
    a table loaded with good cheer
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 1, in A Cuckoo in the Nest:
      [] the awfully hearty sort of Christmas cards that people do send to other people that they don't know at all well. You know. The kind that have mottoes like
        Here's rattling good luck and roaring good cheer, / With lashings of food and great hogsheads of beer. [].”
  3. A cry expressing joy, approval or support such as "hurray". [from 18thc.]
    A cheer rose from the crowd.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Tennyson
      Welcome her, thundering cheer of the street.
  4. A chant made in support of a team at a sports event.
  5. (obsolete) One's facial expression or countenance. [13th-19thc.]
  6. (archaic) One's attitude, mood. [from 14thc.]
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Mark VI:
      And anon he talked with them, and sayde unto them: be of good chere, it is I, be not afrayed.
    • Holinshed
      The parents [] fled away with heavy cheer.
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cheer (third-person singular simple present cheers, present participle cheering, simple past and past participle cheered)

  1. (transitive) To gladden; to make cheerful; often with up.
    We were cheered by the offer of a cup of tea.
  2. (transitive) To infuse life, courage, animation, or hope, into; to inspirit; to solace or comfort.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Dryden
      The proud he tamed, the penitent he cheered.
  3. (transitive, intransitive) To applaud or encourage with cheers or shouts.
    The crowd cheered in support of the athletes.
    The crowd cheered the athletes.
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Etymology 2Edit

Clipping of cheerleading.


cheer (uncountable)

  1. Cheerleading.
    I'm going to wear my new cheer shoes at cheer today.