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cheerleading

[cheer-lee-ding]
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noun
  1. the action or skill of a cheerleader.

Origin of cheerleading

First recorded in 1950–55; cheer + leading1

cheerlead

[cheer-leed]
verb (used with object), cheer·led, cheer·lead·ing.
  1. to act as cheerleader for.
  2. to encourage by or as if by cheerleading.
verb (used without object), cheer·led, cheer·lead·ing.
  1. to act as cheerleader.

Origin of cheerlead

by back formation from cheerleader or cheerleading
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