Meaning of CHEER in English

I. ˈchir noun

Etymology: Middle English chere face, cheer, from Anglo-French, face, from Medieval Latin cara, probably from Greek kara head, face — more at cerebral

Date: 13th century


a. obsolete : face

b. archaic : facial expression

2. : state of mind or heart : spirit

be of good cheer — Matthew 9:2(Authorized Version)

3. : lightness of mind and feeling : animation , gaiety

4. : hospitable entertainment : welcome

5. : food and drink for a feast : fare

6. : something that gladdens

words of cheer

7. : a shout of applause or encouragement

II. verb

Date: 14th century

transitive verb


a. : to instill with hope or courage : comfort — usually used with up

b. : to make glad or happy — usually used with up

2. : to urge on or encourage especially by shouts

cheer ed the team on

3. : to applaud with shouts

intransitive verb

1. obsolete : to be mentally or emotionally disposed

2. : to grow or be cheerful : rejoice — usually used with up

3. : to utter a shout of applause or triumph

• cheer·er noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.