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See also: Cheerio
- (Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, informal) Goodbye, an interjection said upon parting.
- 2019 October 23, Pip Dunn, “The next king of Scotland”, in Rail, page 50:
- But we all knew it wasn't the final end of the HST. This wasn't "goodbye", more like a "cheerio, see you someplace soon".
- (rare) Hello; a greeting.
- 1947, Anita Bell, He Done Her Wrong:
- Cheerio, everybody! What a delightful gathering of charming femininity!
Rarely used in North America. Although likely to be understood, it is likely to be considered humorous, and may be used in a parody of British English speakers.
translations to be checked: exclamation used when greeting as well as when parting
cheerio (plural cheerios)
- (New Zealand, Australia) A small saveloy often consumed with tomato sauce at parties.
- 1978, New Zealand. Parliament. House of Representatives, Parliamentary Debates, page 4230:
- The man who has gone around the cocktail circuit pounding cheerios to the end of time did not come in here and open his mouth once on the Bill.