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[rah-rah] /ˈrɑˈrɑ/
adjective, Informal.
marked by or expressive of ardently enthusiastic spirit:
a group of rah-rah undergraduates; a rah-rah attitude.
Origin of rah-rah
1910-15, Americanism; reduplication of rah Unabridged
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  • And if you catch her chewing gum, or flirting with a rah-rah chum, then take a strap and make things hum, Wilhelmina!

  • From a crowd of rah-rah college boys celebrating a crew victory, a policeman had managed to extract two prisoners.

    Toaster's Handbook Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers
  • And where Phelps leads with his baton of birch most of the other drovers of rah-rah boys follow.

    A Book of Prefaces H. L. Mencken
British Dictionary definitions for rah-rah


(informal, mainly US) like or marked by boisterous and uncritical enthusiasm and excitement
Word Origin
C20: a reduplication of rah
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Slang definitions & phrases for rah-rah



Naively enthusiastic and hortatory, esp in a partisan collegiate context: Some are rah-rah types, some are hard-ass disciplinarians (1911+)


: I just couldn't see myself spending four years of my life with rah-rahs like them

[a shortening of hurrah, found by 1877 as used in cheers]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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