interjection, verb (used without object), noun

Also hoo·rah [hoo-rah] /hʊˈrɑ/.


[huh-rah, -raw]


(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.
Also hur·ray [huh-rey] /həˈreɪ/, hooray, hoorah.

Origin of hurrah

First recorded in 1680–90, hurrah is from the German word hurra
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Examples from the Web for hoorah

Historical Examples of hoorah

  • I've taken all comers 'twixt Hoorah and Hackenny, and he ain't let me down yet.

  • Now here's all this hoorah about his bein' put up for Congress!

    Heart's Desire

    Emerson Hough

  • Well, if the hoorah had started there 'stead of here there'd be dead people now back of us more'n there is now.

    The Covered Wagon

    Emerson Hough

  • "It ain't wuth a hoorah in a hen-pen if it ain't run as a tavern," stated the Cap'n.

British Dictionary definitions for hoorah


interjection, noun, verb

a variant of hurrah


Also: hooroo (huːˈruː) Australian and NZ goodbye; cheerio


hooray (huːˈreɪ) or hurray (hʊˈreɪ)

interjection, noun

a cheer of joy, victory, etc


to shout "hurrah"

Word Origin for hurrah

C17: probably from German hurra; compare huzzah
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Word Origin and History for hoorah


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).


see hurrah.

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