of good cheer

of good cheer

Filled with or characterized by mirth, happiness, and optimism. Now is the season of good cheer, a time to be with family and make merry. The production is positively brimming with good cheer; if it fails to put a smile on your face, you are nothing but a grouch.
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of good cheer

cheerful or optimistic. archaic
The exhortation to be of good cheer occurs in several passages of the New Testament in the Authorized Version of the Bible (for example in Matthew 9:2, John 16:33, and Acts 27:22). In Middle English, cheer had the meaning ‘face’. This sense of cheer is now obsolete, but the related senses of ‘countenance’ and ‘demeanour as reflected in the countenance’ survive in a number of phrases, including in good cheer and the archaic what cheer ? (how are you?).
See also: cheer, good, of
References in classic literature ?
However, the fox bid him be of good cheer, and said, 'I will help you; lie down there, stretch yourself out quite stiff, and pretend to be dead.
Nevertheless, be of good cheer, my beloved, and regain your health.
My good friend,' said the youth, 'be of good cheer, for I can soon heal your leg,' and with these words he poured some of the precious water over the wolf's paw, and in a minute the animal was springing about sound and well on all fours.
Be of good cheer, and lead the King to the hill just outside the city walls.
Well, well, I forgive thee, provided thou dost mend and not show thyself in future so fond of thine own interest, but try to be of good cheer and take heart, and encourage thyself to look forward to the fulfillment of my promises, which, by being delayed, does not become impossible.
Having for some time attentively observed these demonstrations of good cheer, I entered the Ti, where Mehevi sat complacently looking out upon the busy scene, and occasionally issuing his orders.
We may be in the run-up to Christmas, but one person who isn't full of good cheer is Mark, who is suspended from the police force and questioned by his colleagues who suspect he may have killed Hamish.
At a packed rally meeting, the North East Somerset MP told Brexit-backers: "Be of good cheer, we won, it's happening.
The second exhibition to open its doors this week is the group exhibition Beautiful Art and a Cup of Good Cheer by Katie Sabry, Kelly Norman, Julie Menelaou and Amber Wellard.
SUNDAY for Cardiff citizens will be a day of good cheer and of cheers.
THE season of good cheer is upon us once again and the high streets are decked with lights.
Indeed, just the other day as snow fell heavily, they were there even earlier than usual clearing paths and making them safe - they may have been there early, but they were still full of good cheer.
Stephen Agar, from Royal Mail, said: "Christmas stamps help deliver festive messages of good cheer and celebration across the UK and around the world.
A lighthearted guide extolling the physical and emotional health benefits of good cheer, A Mirthful Spirit offers such useful tips as "Use Ice Breakers and Attention Getters--Humor serves as a great way to break the ice and grab attention at meetings and during conversations.