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  1. (used as an exclamation of encouragement to a player or team.)

Origin of rah

First recorded in 1865–70; short for hurrah
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Examples from the Web for rah

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  • Even the sulky Crow joined in at last with a "'Rah, 'rah, 'rah!"


    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

British Dictionary definitions for rah


  1. informal, mainly US short for hurrah
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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.

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