Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[rah-rah] /ˈrɑˈrɑ/
adjective, Informal.
marked by or expressive of ardently enthusiastic spirit:
a group of rah-rah undergraduates; a rah-rah attitude.
Origin of rah-rah
1910-15, Americanism; reduplication of rah Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for rah-rah
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • From a crowd of rah-rah college boys celebrating a crew victory, a policeman had managed to extract two prisoners.

    Toaster's Handbook Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers
  • And if you catch her chewing gum, or flirting with a rah-rah chum, then take a strap and make things hum, Wilhelmina!

  • And where Phelps leads with his baton of birch most of the other drovers of rah-rah boys follow.

    A Book of Prefaces H. L. Mencken
British Dictionary definitions for rah-rah


(informal, mainly US) like or marked by boisterous and uncritical enthusiasm and excitement
Word Origin
C20: a reduplication of rah
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for rah-rah



Naively enthusiastic and hortatory, esp in a partisan collegiate context: Some are rah-rah types, some are hard-ass disciplinarians (1911+)


: I just couldn't see myself spending four years of my life with rah-rahs like them

[a shortening of hurrah, found by 1877 as used in cheers]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for rah-rah

Word Value for rah

Scrabble Words With Friends