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cheerleading

[cheer-lee-ding]
noun
  1. the action or skill of a cheerleader.
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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.
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verb (used without object), cheer·led, cheer·lead·ing.
  1. to act as cheerleader.
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Origin of cheerlead

by back formation from cheerleader or cheerleading
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