One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Used to express joy or approval.‘This book has won all sorts of prizes. Hooray!’‘hooray for getting up late on Sunday, and doing absolutely nothing’
2Australian NZ Goodbye.‘‘Hooray George, promise you'll come back.’’farewell, adieuView synonyms
Late 19th century (in hooray (sense 2)): variant of hurrah.
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