One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A cheer of encouragement or approval.‘‘Yea! Rah! Team!’’
- ‘The official beginning of cheerleading was in the 1920s when ivy-league schools had cheerleaders with coloured pompoms leading the crowd in choruses of, ‘rah, rah, sis, boom, bah!’’
- ‘Hayden stood up and gave a fake ‘rah, rah,’ doing his best male cheerleader impression.’
- ‘‘Go, team, rah, rah, rah,’ Billie said, unenthusiastically.’
- ‘It was originally going to be Rachel with the room to herself, but now this, so yay rah!’
An upper-class person.
Late 19th century: shortening of hurrah.
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