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Origin of rah
Words nearby rah
What does rah mean?
Rah is a word that’s shouted as a cheer, typically by cheerleaders or fans at sporting events.
It’s associated with traditional cheers that are used to cheer on a team or player—like the classic rah, rah, sis boom bah.
Due to its use as a cheer, rah is almost always spoken (shouted, actually) and is rarely written, except perhaps in descriptions of cheers.
Example: Led by the cheerleaders, the crowd cheered “rah, rah!” as the team ran onto the field.
Where does rah come from?
The first records of the word rah come from around 1870. It is a shortening of hurrah, which comes from the similar German term hurra. Hurrah may have been based on or influenced by the earlier and very similar huzzah. Huzzah is thought to come from a word that sailors used to shout in celebration. It may derive from the word hoise, meaning “to hoist”—which they’d shout when hoisting (raising) something, like the sails of the ship.
Repetition of the word rah can be heard in many traditional cheers. Use of the term in this way led to the term rah-rah, which is an adjective used to describe an enthusiastic attitude or spirit or actions motivated by such spirit. It often implies that someone is cheering on something in an uncritical or overly enthusiastic way, as in His rah-rah attitude about the company has prevented him from seeing its flaws.
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How is rah used in real life?
Rah is almost exclusively used as a cheer at sporting events. Occasionally, it appears in parts of songs modeled after such cheers.
— Texas A&M University (@TAMU) October 24, 2015
MO FARAH, MO FARAH, RUNNING DOWN THE WING, FARAH RAH RAH RAH RAH RAH RAH, THE QUORN EATING KING #SoccerAid
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) June 10, 2018
Rah rah ah-ah-ah!
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— The Real Fat Nick (@_FatNick) February 6, 2018
Try using rah!
Which of the following people are LEAST likely to chant the word rah at a sporting event to encourage the home team?
A. the home team’s fans
B. the home team’s cheerleaders
C. the home team’s mascot
D. the opposing team’s fans
Example sentences from the Web for rah
An enduring example of their seeming distance from the more "rah rah" Bush crowd came on Election Day, 2008.
Others are rah (Phaseolus radiatus) and mothi (Phaseolus aconitifolius).Kashmir|Sir Francis Edward Younghusband
A faint flush came over her face, and she got up quickly from her chair and rah downstairs.Dodo, Volumes 1 and 2|Edward Frederic Benson
Eugene had previously noted the peculiarity of this rowdy, rah!The "Genius"|Theodore Dreiser
Instantly I bolted into the next room to read it aloud to mother and sister, and we all cheered in unison when we came to the Rah!Letters to His Children|Theodore Roosevelt
Anyway, ould Mennear pulled up short an' clinched Deb'rah by the elbow.The Astonishing History of Troy Town|Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch