Definition of cheerleader in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈCHirˌlēdər/


1A member of a team that performs organized cheering, chanting, and dancing in support of a sports team.
Example sentences
  • He compared this to pyramids made by cheerleaders at sports events and parents putting tethers on toddlers.
  • It is tradition for the lead cheerleader to date the football captain.
  • In each event, the cheerleader failed to complete the flip and landed on his or her head.
1.1An enthusiastic and vocal supporter: he was a cheerleader for individual initiative
More example sentences
  • But her most vocal cheerleaders are her children Max and Stella, aged eight and six respectively.
  • It is more like self-help with an enthusiastic cheerleader.
  • His religious supporters are his greatest cheerleaders.



verb (past and past participle cheerled)
Example sentences
  • I'm afraid I'm not able to cheerlead much at the moment, though.
  • We don't have to cheerlead in our boxers anymore!
  • He put the team ahead of personal goals and ambitions, taking upon himself to mentor and cheerlead for his understudy-turned-starter.

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Syllabification: cheer·lead·er

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