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[huh-rah, -raw] /həˈrɑ, -ˈrɔ/
(used as an exclamation of joy, exultation, appreciation, encouragement, or the like.)
verb (used without object)
to shout “hurrah.”.
an exclamation of “hurrah.”.
hubbub; commotion; fanfare.
a colorful or tumultuous event; spectacle or celebration:
We celebrated the centennial with a three-day hurrah.
last / final hurrah, a final moment or occasion of glory or achievement:
The new play will be her last hurrah as an actress before she retires.
Also, hurray
[huh-rey] /həˈreɪ/ (Show IPA),
hooray, hoorah.
Origin of hurrah
First recorded in 1680-90, hurrah is from the German word hurra Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for hurrahing
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  • For an instant the boys were ahead, hurrahing with all their might—only for an instant, but even that was something.

    Hans Brinker Mary Mapes Dodge
  • “May we all be hurrahing this time next week,” returned Andrews.

    Chasing an Iron Horse Edward Robins
  • You ought to have heard the hurrahing when the children saw him coming in from the kitchen with it.

  • If you had buried two husbands who had served in the war, you would be hurrahing, too.

  • There was no shouting or hurrahing; no band to play "See the Conquering Hero comes."

    The Squire's Daughter Silas K(itto) Hocking
  • The hurrahing was tremendous, and the shouts of laughter were tremendous too.

  • We marched around and around the park, cheering, singing patriotic songs, and hurrahing for McKinley.

    An Ohio Woman in the Philippines Emily Bronson Conger
  • On came Frank, hurrahing and shouting, “Second in, at all events.”

    Ernest Bracebridge William H. G. Kingston
  • About sunset some one going by heard a loud screaming and hurrahing.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
  • It is the shouting and hurrahing of the wind that suits a man.

    Expository Writing Mervin James Curl
British Dictionary definitions for hurrahing


interjection, noun
a cheer of joy, victory, etc
to shout "hurrah"
Word Origin
C17: probably from German hurra; compare huzzah
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Word Origin and History for hurrahing


1680s, alteration of huzza, similar to shouts recorded in German, Danish, Swedish. Perhaps picked up during Thirty Years' War. Hurra was said to be the battle-cry of Prussian soldiers during the War of Liberation (1812-13). Hooray is its popular form and is almost as old. Also hurray (1780); hurroo (1824); hoorah (1798).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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