One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to express joy or approval.‘Hurrah! She's here at last!’
- ‘They had disappeared when I went to bed last night, and I was like, hurrah!’
- ‘And Vince is slowly but surely recovering - hurray!’
- ‘This means I can afford to buy the jeans I have been lusting after, hurrah!’
- ‘Holiday plans to Spain were also discussed - hurrah!’
- ‘It's hoped that this will be an annual event - hurrah!’
An utterance of the word “hurrah.”.
hurrah, hurray, whoop, bravo, hoot, shout, shriekView synonyms
- ‘There were roars, applause, hurrahs, horn-blowing and whistling when he finally got there.’
- ‘Actually, the Italian Prime Minister deserves a double chorus of hurrahs!’
- ‘Everyone ought to lead a parade once in their life, just to experience the curious sensation of marching down the middle of the street to cheers and hurrahs.’
- ‘But when you are woken up by jugglers throwing batons and chainsaws, and all the hurrahs, that gets a little annoying.’
- ‘A huge explosion of hoorays came from the inter-com.’
acclaim, praise, applaud, commend, rave about, extol, eulogize, vaunt, hymn, lionize, express approval of, express admiration for, pay tribute to, speak highly of, sing the praises of, make much ofView synonyms
- ‘The whole auditorium echoed with the shouts, whistles, and clapping of the group of kids, it was certainly intoxicating to be there; one couldn't help but break out clapping, and hurrahing themselves.’
- ‘The young men, fired by the strong wine, shouted and hurrahed, and shrieked, and such a din arose as threatened to drown the music.’
- ‘Bridget hurrahed, and they ran home to our raised-ranch with raised-hopes!’
Late 17th century: alteration of huzzah; perhaps originally a sailors' cry when hauling.
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