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Cheer, subst., 1) cheerfulness, high spirits: “if they sing, 'tis with so dull a c.,” Sonn. 97, 13. “their c. is the greater that I am subdued,” Ado I, 3, 74. “I have not that alacrity of spirit, nor c. of mind,” R3 V, 3, 74. “ne'er let my heart know merry c.” Tit. II, 3, 188. “receive what c. you may,” Mcb. IV, 3, 239. “you are so sick of late, so far from c.” Hml. III, 2, 174. “my royal lord, you do not give the c.,” Mcb. III, 4, 33 (i. e. the merry disposition which should attend a feast). “to remain here in the c. and comfort of our eye,” Hml. I, 2, 116 (under the genial influence of our eye). “that lived, that loved, that liked, that looked with c.” Mids. V, 299 (Pyramus' speech).
Good c.! == courage! be of good heart! Merch. IV, 1, 111. Caes. III, 1, 89. Ant. IV, 15, 83. “Be of good c.:” Merch. III, 5, 6. As IV, 3, 164. H5 II, 3, 19. R3 IV, 1, 38 (Qq have comfort). H8 V, 1, 143. Ant. V, 2, 21. “have a better c.:” All's III, 2, 67. What c.? == how is it with you? Tp. I, 1, 2. Mids. I, 1, 122. Shr. IV, 3, 37. Wint. I, 2, 148. Tim. III, 6, 44. Cymb. III, 4, 41.
2) countenance, aspect, as expressive of disposition: “she securely gives good c. and reverend welcome to her princely guest,” Lucr. 89. “whereat she smiled with so sweet a c.” Lucr. 89 “all fancy-sick she is and pale of c.” Mids. III, 2, 96. “bid your friends welcome, show a merry c.” Merch. III, 2, 314. “your looks are sad, your c. appalled,” H6A I, 2, 48. “chance of war hath wrought this change of c.” Tit. I, 264.
3) food, entertainment: “I have good c. at home,” Wiv. III, 2, 53. Wiv. III, 2, 53 “pray God our c. may answer my good will,” Err. III, 1, 19. “small c.,” Err. III, 1, 19 “better c.” Err. III, 1, 19 “here is neither c. nor welcome,” Err. III, 1, 19 “good c.” V, 392. Ado V, 1, 153. “here is c. enough,” Shr. Ind. 2, 103. “wedding c.” III, 2, 188. “one mess is like to be your c.” IV, 4, 70. “some c. is toward,” V, 1, 14. “our great good c.” V, 2, 10. “make good c.” H4B V, 3, 18. “poor c.” Tit. V, 3, 28. “our wedding c.” Rom. IV, 5, 87. “royal c.” Tim. III, 6, 56. “an anchor's c.” Hml. III, 2, 229.* “better c.” Cymb. III, 6, 67. In R2 I, 2, 70 Q1 c., the other O. Edd. hear.
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