cheerio

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From cheer and/or cheery +‎ -o.

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Interjection[edit]

cheerio

  1. (Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, informal) Goodbye, an interjection said upon parting.
  2. (rare) Hello; a greeting.
    • 1947, Anita Bell, He Done Her Wrong:
      Cheerio, everybody! What a delightful gathering of charming femininity!

Usage notes[edit]

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.

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Noun[edit]

cheerio (plural cheerios)

  1. (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.

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