cheers salute or toast when taking a drink, British, 1919, from plural of CHEER (Cf. cheer) (also Cf. CHEERIO (Cf. cheerio)). Earlier it is recorded as a shout of support or encouragement (1720). The old English greeting what cheer was picked up by Algonquian Indians of southern New England from the Puritans and spread in Indian languages as far as Canada.

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