Meaning of CHEER in English

/ tʃɪə(r); NAmE tʃɪr/ noun , verb

■ noun


[ C ] a shout of joy, support or praise :

A great cheer went up from the crowd.

cheers of encouragement

Three cheers for the winners! (= used when you are asking a group of people to cheer three times, in order to congratulate sb, etc.)

OPP boo


[ C ] ( NAmE ) a special song or poem used by cheerleaders


[ U ] ( formal or literary ) an atmosphere of happiness

■ verb


to shout loudly, to show support or praise for sb, or to give them encouragement :

[ v ]

We all cheered as the team came on to the field.

Cheering crowds greeted their arrival.

[ vn ]

The crowd cheered the President as he drove slowly by.

OPP boo


[ vn ] [ usually passive ] to give hope, comfort or encouragement to sb :

She was cheered by the news from home.

►  cheer·ing noun [ U ]:

He came on stage amid clapping and cheering.

►  cheer·ing adjective :

The results of the test were very cheering.


- cheer sb on

- cheer up | cheer sb/sth up



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 .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.