One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to express approval or delight.‘someone yelled ‘Huzza!’’
hurrah, hurray, whoop, bravo, hoot, shout, shriekView synonyms
- ‘She won her case - huzzah!’
- ‘It celebrates the day when Mexico signed their declaration of independence and threw off the yoke of British colonialism, huzzah!’
- ‘I was pretty English-white when I got back, so I've burnt a lot, but that's tanning quite well, and my sexy tan line is back in action, huzzah!’
- ‘His keyboard skills are to be saluted, and I have been promised a copy of his band's CD, huzzah!’
- ‘The best Canadian novel about insects is back in print - huzzah!’
verbhuzzaing, huzzaed, huzzas[no object]archaic
Cry ‘huzza’‘he huzzaed at the top of his voice’
shout, cry, call, yell, roar, scream, shriek, screech, hoot, hoop, cheer, hurrahshout, cry, call, yell, roar, scream, shriek, screech, hoot, hoop, cheer, hurrahView synonyms
- ‘Most of the time they seem to have gathered ‘in great concourse,’ huzzahed when appropriate, and gone home to illuminate their houses to show approval.’
- ‘They huzzah as they reached the outskirts of Starla.’
- ‘If this is all so, then huzzah for whichever presidents have selected the cheaper option.’
Late 16th century: perhaps used originally as a sailor's cry when hauling.
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