"It ain't wuth a hoorah in a hen-pen if it ain't run as a tavern," stated the Cap'n.
I've taken all comers 'twixt hoorah and Hackenny, and he ain't let me down yet.
Now here's all this hoorah about his bein' put up for Congress!
Well, if the hoorah had started there 'stead of here there'd be dead people now back of us more'n there is now.
1680s, alteration of huzza, similar to shouts recorded in German, Danish, Swedish. Perhaps picked up during Thirty Years' War. Hurra was said to be the battle-cry of Prussian soldiers during the War of Liberation (1812-13). Hooray is its popular form and is almost as old. Also hurray (1780); hurroo (1824); hoorah (1798).