cheerio

cheerio

[cheer-ee-oh, cheer-ee-oh] Chiefly British.
interjection
1.
good-bye; good-bye and good luck.
2.
(used as a toast to one's drinking companions.)
noun, plural cheerios.
3.
a good-bye or farewell.
4.
a toast of “cheerio!”

Origin:
1905–10; see cheero; source of -i- is unclear

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cheerio (ˌtʃɪərɪˈəʊ)
 
sentence substitute
1.  a farewell greeting
2.  a drinking toast
 
n
3.  (NZ) a type of small sausage

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cheerio
upbeat parting exclamation, British, 1910, from cheer.
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