Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who leads the cheering of spectators, as at a sports contest.
  • n. One who expresses or promotes thoughtless praise; an adulator.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person, usually an attractive female, who encourages applause at a sports event.
  • n. A person who rallies support for any cause.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an enthusiastic and vocal supporter
  • n. someone who leads the cheers by spectators at a sporting event

Etymologies

cheer +‎ leader (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • She is what most people think of when they hear the word cheerleader—long blonde hair, beautiful, upbeat.

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  • Spirit cheerleading, where squads step-touch and spell out words from the sidelines, is one variety—the kind most of us think of when we hear the word cheerleader.

    Cheer!

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  • MILLER: And by the way Arianna, who are you calling a cheerleader, give me an o, give me a b-- okay.

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  • I thought you were better than a name calling cheerleader Josey.

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  • WOMACK: No. That figure formation within the corrections community is called a cheerleader stack.

    CNN Transcript Jan 17, 2005

  • This leaves Deutsche Telekom's (NYSE: DT) T-Mobile as Nexus One's loudest cheerleader, which isn't good news for the search giant's first foray into a proprietary smartphone.

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  • I normally would not object to being referred to as a cheerleader if it was used in the sense as a proponent for straight talk and candidness.

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  • Why would the "Heroes"/"Bring It On: All or Nothing"/"I Love You Beth Cooper" actress ever be stuck being known as a cheerleader?

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