Definition of Bronx cheer in English:

Bronx cheer


North American
  • A sound of derision or contempt made by blowing through closed lips with the tongue between them.

    • ‘Baseball got a Bronx cheer from fans on Nov. 6 when, for the first time in a century, it announced plans to eliminate two teams.’
    • ‘Any hint of talking down to the troops with high-flown hyperbole was promptly greeted with catcalls and Bronx cheers.’
    • ‘So it's no wonder that the loudest Bronx cheer in Washington goes to lame-duck Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, who has presided over two disastrous election setbacks in 24 months.’
    • ‘New York is one of the most reliably Democratic cities in the nation, and it's hardly surprising to hear a Republican president getting a Bronx cheer in that part of the country.’
    • ‘I heard a noise that I vaguely recognized as a Bronx cheer coming from Leia.’
    • ‘But all last week's election in Brazil got from Wall Street was a Bronx cheer.’
    • ‘People waved pom-poms, held up signs, and mixed Brooklyn catcalls with Bronx cheers.’
    • ‘She shuddered, making a noise like a Bronx cheer.’
    • ‘His insistence that global warming was a serious and growing crisis was also greeted with Bronx cheers, as conservatives insisted that global warming was a fiction conjured up by extremist environmental groups.’
    • ‘What he heard was the British equivalent of a Bronx cheer.’
    • ‘Connie reacted with a Bronx cheer and two thumbs down.’
    • ‘When 44 states denied having any such schools and the remaining states admitted to having a combined total of fewer than 50, one safety expert greeted the publication of the lists with a Bronx cheer.’


1920s: named after the Bronx in New York.


Bronx cheer

/ˌbrɒŋks ˈtʃɪə/