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See also: Cheerio



From cheer and/or cheery +‎ -o.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtʃɪəɹ.i.əʊ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈt͡ʃɪəɹ.i.oʊ/
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  1. (Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, informal) Goodbye, an interjection said upon parting.
    • 1921, Wodehouse, P. G., Indiscretions of Archie, ch. XIII. Rallying Round Percy:
      "In that case," said Archie, relieved, "cheerio, good luck, pip-pip, toodle-oo, and good-bye-ee! I'll be shifting!"
    • 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".
  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.




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.