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[rah] /rɑ/
(used as an exclamation of encouragement to a player or team.)
Origin of rah
First recorded in 1865-70; short for hurrah Unabridged
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  • Even the sulky Crow joined in at last with a "'rah, 'rah, 'rah!"

    Bannertail Ernest Thompson Seton
  • As he took his seat, while his chums cheered and shouted rah, rah, Elmwood!

  • Seems to me what you want in those kind of songs is a lot of rah, rah, hullabaloo!

    Weatherby's Inning Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Others are rah (Phaseolus radiatus) and mothi (Phaseolus aconitifolius).


    Sir Francis Edward Younghusband
  • Eugene had previously noted the peculiarity of this rowdy, rah!

    The "Genius" Theodore Dreiser
  • The team was surrounded by a dense throng, and the 'rah, 'rah, 'rah was fairly deafening.

  • He did neither, but gave another loud “rah for Mary Greenwater!”

  • Fluff woke up, and dashed to the rescue, with his fierce little "rah!"

    The Old-Fashioned Fairy Book Constance Cary Harrison
  • The eighteenth letter of the alphabet, used principally to began a college yell; thus, rah!

British Dictionary definitions for rah


(informal, mainly US) short for hurrah
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rah

in cheers, 1870, a shortening of hurrah. Adjective rah-rah is attested from 1907, originally indicating college life generally, later enthusiastic cheerleading.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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