[cheer-ee-oh, cheer-ee-oh]Chiefly British
- goodbye; goodbye and good luck.
- (used as a toast to one's drinking companions.)
- a goodbye or farewell.
- a toast of “cheerio!”
Origin of cheerio
1905–10; see cheero; source of -i- is unclear
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Examples from the Web for cheerio
- a farewell greeting
- a drinking toast
- NZ a type of small sausage
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Word Origin and History for cheerio
upbeat parting exclamation, British, 1910, from cheer.
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