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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb cheer:


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The word cheer is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun cheer

What does cheer mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: cheers

  1. a cry or shout of approval
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic words: approval / commendation = a message expressing a favorable opinion
    • more specific words:
      • banzai = a Japanese cheer of enthusiasm or triumph
      • bravo = a cry of approval as from an audience at the end of great performance
      • hooray / hurrah = a victory cheer
      • salvo = a sudden outburst of cheers
  2. the quality of being cheerful and dispelling gloom

Alternative definition of the noun cheer


  1. [obsolete] The face. [definition 13th-16th c.]
  2. [obsolete] One's expression or countenance. [definition 13th-19th c.]
  3. [archaic] One's attitude, mood. [definition from 14th c.]
  4. [uncountable] A cheerful attitude; a nice disposition. [definition from 14th c.]
  5. A cry expressing joy, approval or support such as "hurray". [definition from 18th c.]
  6. A chant made in support of a team at a sports event.

Definition of the verb cheer

What does cheer mean as a doing word?

Cheer is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: cheered | cheering | cheers

  1. give encouragement to
  2. show approval or good wishes by shouting
    • example: everybody cheered the birthday boy
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: applaud = express approval of
    • more specific terms: lighten up / buoy up / lighten = make more cheerful
  3. cause (somebody) to feel happier or more cheerful
  4. become cheerful
  5. spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts

Alternative definition of the verb cheer


  1. [intransitive] To shout a cheer or cheers.


Cheer is the name of a laundry detergent sold in the United States and Canada. It is manufactured by Procter & Gamble.


Who is Cheer?

Cheer a.k.a. Thikamporn Ritta-apinan: "Cheer" Thikamporn Ritta-apinan is a Thai actress and university student. She starred in several television shows of Army Television Channel 7.


"Cheer" is a film.


  1. "Cheer" is a musical album of Cheer Chen.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  2. "CHEER" is a 2001 special album.
  3. "Cheer" is a musical single of Potliquor.
  4. "Cheer" is a 2001 album collaboration.


Cheer is a TV program, begun in (6 years ago).

Phrases with Cheer

Phrases starting with the word Cheer:

  1. Cheer on
  2. cheer up
  3. Cheer Pheasant

Phrases ending with the word Cheer:

  1. to cheer
  2. bronx cheer

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Cheer

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Google previewAmbition (1911)

A Journal of Inspiration to Self Help

ife's Lubricant GOOD cheer is a great lubricant. It oils l.ife's machinery. “A merry heart goes all the day, ...

Google previewGleanings in Buddha-Fields (Annotated Edition) (2012)

by Lafcadio Hearn

Even the military cheer is an importation; and the tendency to boisterous demonstrativeness in ...


by Patrick Lemon

The definition of cheer is the state of mind of feeling; mood; spirit and gladness. The definition of inspiration ...

Google previewExchange Rates and Macroeconomic Dynamics (2008)

by P. Karadeloglou, V. Terraza

the CHEER is a medium-run concept in a sense that it does not impose stock-flow consistency. 2.3.2. Outline of the behavioural model for EU5 countries The popularity of the behavioural models is brought ...

Google previewBible Readings for the Home Circle - Illustrated (2015)

by Many Bible Students

“Good cheer is the hallmark of a brave and healthy soul. To give way to gloomy thoughts, otherwise the 'blues,' is a sign of weakness. This isn't asserting that no one but weaklings is attacked by the blues; but it is one thing to be attacked and ...

Google previewFamily Zealous Love Stain (2015)

by Patricia Taylor

Christmas cheer is a ski resort and a winter wonderland with a ton of snow. The reindeers love snow. Impossible for there to be an overabundance of snow that glows. War Turmoil Some Americans say they don't believe in war, Christmas ...

Google previewWomen's Life and Work in the Southern Colonies (1972)

by Julia Cherry Spruill

Miss Cheer is the first American actress known to have captured a ...

Google previewThe International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia (1915)

by James Orr

CHEER, cher, CHEERFULNESS, cher'fool-nes: The Eng. word "cheer" meant (1) originally face, countenance (Gr icdpa, kdra, "head," through OFr. chere, "face"), ( 2) then the expression on the face, esp. (3) the expression of good spirits, and ...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

CHEDDAR—CHEER. CHEDDAR, n. chéd'de'r: a kind of cheese, so named as having been first manufactured at Cheddar, in England. CHEDDAR, chéd'der: village in Somersetshire, on the s. side of the Mendip Hills, two m. s.e. of Axbridge, ...

Google previewLibrary of Choice Literature and Encyclopaedia of Universal Authorship (1895)

Selected from the Standard Authors of All Nations and All Time by Ainsworth Rand Spofford, Charles Gibbon

Night turns to day: When sullen darkness lowers, And heaven and earth are hid from sigh Cheer up, cheer up! Ere long the opening flowers, With dewy eyes, shall shine in light. Storms die in calms: \Vhen over land and ocean Roll the loud ...

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Sign language

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Quotes about Cheer

People do still cheer for the President. And some of the military audiences are more likely to cheer than others. I have seen him speak lately in front of groups like Freedom House, where the applause was a long time coming. (Gwen Ifill)
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Scrabble value of C3H4E1E1R1

The value of this 5-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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