[ cheer-lee-ding ]


  1. the action or skill of a cheerleader.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of cheerleading1

First recorded in 1950–55; cheer + leading 1

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Example Sentences

Meanwhile, the future of the cheerleading program is uncertain.

Told she could choose basketball or cheerleading, she briefly opted for the latter, but her father gently told her he might prefer watching her doing the playing.

Next in line were hockey, soccer, basketball and cheerleading.

Tensions boiled over after months of drama related to the school’s cheerleading team.

Two coaches at Patrick Henry High School were fired this week following months of tension between cheerleading program leaders pushing to keep their program running during the pandemic and parents concerned about their kids’ safety.

And yet his Putin cheerleading increasingly crosses the line into denial or outright recycling of Kremlin propaganda.

It took a multistate manhunt and a little bit of luck to find Anderson, who disappeared after cheerleading practice on August 3.

Yes, a musical based on the campy high-school cheerleading flick starring Kirsten Dunst and Eliza Dushku—spirit fingers!

In the film, Jones tackles a water-gun-wielding mascot, goes skating, and delivers an impassioned speech about cheerleading.

So when aging, largely asexual cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester announced her pregnancy, Gleeks barely blinked an eye.


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