cheerio

[ cheer-ee-oh, cheer-ee-oh ]
/ ˈtʃɪər iˌoʊ, ˌtʃɪər iˈoʊ /
Chiefly British

interjection

goodbye; goodbye and good luck.
(used as a toast to one's drinking companions.)

noun, plural cheer·i·os.

a goodbye or farewell.
a toast of “cheerio!”

Nearby words

  1. cheer on,
  2. cheer up,
  3. cheerer-upper,
  4. cheerful,
  5. cheerfully,
  6. cheerlead,
  7. cheerleader,
  8. cheerleading,
  9. cheerless,
  10. cheerlessly

Origin of cheerio

1905–10; see cheero; source of -i- is unclear

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British Dictionary definitions for cheerio

cheerio

/ (ˌtʃɪərɪˈəʊ) /

sentence substitute informal, mainly British

a farewell greeting
a drinking toast

noun

NZ a type of small sausage
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Word Origin and History for cheerio

cheerio

upbeat parting exclamation, British, 1910, from cheer.

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