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King James Dictionary

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Cheer, Cheerfulness
Greek - more cheerfully, of good cheer, cheerfully
Greek - be of good cheer, cheerful
Greek - be of good cheer
Hebrew - cheer
Hebrew - cheerful, have a cheer

CHEER, v.t.

1. To salute with shouts of joy, or cheers.
2. To dispel gloom, sorrow, silence or apathy; to cause to rejoice; to gladden; to make cheerful; as, to cheer a lonely desert; the cheering rays of the sun; good news cheers the heart.
3. To infuse life; spirit, animation; to incite; to encourage; as, to cheer the hounds.

CHEER, v.i. To grow cheerful; to become gladsome, or joyous.

At sight of thee my gloomy soul cheers up.

Cheer up, my lads.


1. A shout of joy; as, they gave three cheers.
2. A state of gladness or joy; a state of animation, above gloom and depression of spirits, but below mirth, gayety and jollity.

Son, be of good cheer, thy sins are forgiven thee. Mat. 9.

Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat. Acts. 27.

3. Mirth; gayety; jollity; as at a feast.
4. Invitation to gayety.
5. Entertainment; that which makes cheerful; provisions for a feast.

The table was loaded with good cheer.

6. Air of countenance, noting a greater or less degree of cheerfulness.

His words their drooping cheer Enlightened.

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Dictionary of Words from the King James Bible. Public Domain. Copy freely.
Material presented was supplied by Brandon Staggs and was derived from the KJV Dictionary found on his website located at
The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software at

Bibliography Information
"Entry for 'Cheer'". "King James Dictionary".


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