Antonyms for cheer


Grammar : Noun, verb
Spell : cheer
Phonetic Transcription : tʃɪər


Définition cheer

Origin :
  • c.1200, "the face," especially as expressing emotion, from Anglo-French chere "the face," Old French chiere "face, countenance, look, expression," from Late Latin cara "face" (source of Spanish cara), possibly from Greek kara "head," from PIE root *ker- "head" (see horn (n.)). From mid-13c. as "frame of mind, state of feeling, spirit; mood, humor."
  • By late 14c. the meaning had extended metaphorically to "mood, mental condition," as reflected in the face. This could be in a good or bad sense ("The feend ... beguiled her with treacherye, and brought her into a dreerye cheere," "Merline," c.1500), but a positive sense (probably short for good cheer) has predominated since c.1400. Meaning "shout of encouragement" first recorded 1720, perhaps nautical slang (cf. earlier verbal sense, "to encourage by words or deeds," early 15c.). The antique English greeting what cheer (mid-15c.) was picked up by Algonquian Indians of southern New England from the Puritans and spread in Indian languages as far as Canada.
  • noun happiness
  • noun applause, supportive yell
  • verb make someone feel happier
  • verb encourage in activity
Example sentences :
  • "Cheer up, Mary, for I seek to comfort you," answered the rejected lover.
  • Extract from : « The Wives of The Dead » by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • I went an' done all I could t' cheer 'im up, an' that's all the thanks I git fer it.
  • Extract from : « Chip, of the Flying U » by B. M. Bower
  • Kingozi dropped his glasses to the end of its thong with a cheer.
  • Extract from : « The Leopard Woman » by Stewart Edward White
  • The officers spring to their feet, wave their swords, and cheer loudly.
  • Extract from : « Camps, Quarters and Casual Places » by Archibald Forbes
  • The tall pines themselves shook with the cheer which the yeomen raised.
  • Extract from : « In the Valley » by Harold Frederic
  • Philip in vain endeavoured to cheer him up, and ate to set him the example.
  • Extract from : « Night and Morning, Complete » by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • They were about to cheer, but he checked it with the simple gesture of a raised hand.
  • Extract from : « The Rock of Chickamauga » by Joseph A. Altsheler
  • The homely beauty of it smote upon him, though it could not cheer.
  • Extract from : « Tiverton Tales » by Alice Brown
  • Niobe would have made the response with a greater show of cheer.
  • Extract from : « The Fortune Hunter » by Louis Joseph Vance
  • After this, there was a lonely home, empty of its light and cheer.
  • Extract from : « Welsh Fairy Tales » by William Elliott Griffis

Synonyms for cheer

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