cheer


cheer
{{11}}cheer (n.) c.1200, "the face," especially as expressing emotion, from Anglo-Fr. chere "the face," O.Fr. chiere "face, countenance, look, expression," from L.L. cara "face" (Cf. Sp. cara), possibly from Gk. kara "head," from PIE root *ker- "head." 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 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.).
{{12}}cheer (v.) late 14c., "to cheer up, humor, console;" c.1400 as "entertain with food or drink," from CHEER (Cf. cheer) (n.). Related: Cheered; cheering. Sense of "to encourage by words or deeds" is early 15c. Cheer up (intransitive) first attested 1670s.

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