Cheer, v. i.
1. To grow cheerful; to become gladsome or joyous; -- usually with up.
At sight of thee my gloomy soul cheers up. --A. Philips.
2. To be in any state or temper of mind. [Obs.]
How cheer'st thou, Jessica? --Shak.
3. To utter a shout or shouts of applause, triumph, etc.
And even the ranks of Tusculum
Could scare forbear to cheer. --Macaulay.
1. The face; the countenance or its expression. [Obs.] “Sweat of thy cheer.”
2. Feeling; spirit; state of mind or heart.
Be of good cheer. --Matt. ix. 2.
The parents . . . fled away with heavy cheer. --Holland.
3. Gayety; mirth; cheerfulness; animation.
I have not that alacrity of spirit,
Nor cheer of mind, that I was wont to have. --Shak.
1. That which promotes good spirits or cheerfulness; provisions prepared for a feast; entertainment; as, a table loaded with good cheer.
5. A shout, hurrah, or acclamation, expressing joy enthusiasm, applause, favor, etc.
Welcome her, thundering cheer of the street. --Tennyson.
What cheer? How do you fare? What is there that is cheering?
Cheer, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cheered p. pr. & vb. n. cheering.]
1. To cause to rejoice; to gladden; to make cheerful; -- often with up.
2. To infuse life, courage, animation, or hope, into; to inspirit; to solace or comfort.
The proud he tamed, the penitent he cheered. --Dryden.
3. To salute or applaud with cheers; to urge on by cheers; as, to cheer hounds in a chase.
To cheer ship, to salute a passing ship by cheers of sailors stationed in the rigging.
Syn: -- To gladden; encourage; inspirit; comfort; console; enliven; refresh; exhilarate; animate; applaud.
n 1: a cry or shout of approval
2: the quality of being cheerful and dispelling gloom; "flowers
added a note of cheerfulness to the drab room" [syn: cheerfulness]
v 1: give encouragement to [syn: hearten, recreate, embolden]
2: show approval or good wishes by shouting; "everybody cheered
the birthday boy"
3: cause (somebody) to feel happier or more cheerful; "She
tried to cheer up the disappointed child when he failed to
win the spelling bee" [syn: cheer up, jolly along, jolly
4: become cheerful [syn: cheer up, chirk up] [ant: complain]
5: urge on or encourage especially by shouts; "The crowd
cheered the demonstrating strikers" [syn: inspire, urge,
barrack, urge on, exhort, pep up]