ˈrä-(ˌ)rä How to pronounce rah-rah (audio)
: marked by the enthusiastic expression of college spirit
rah-rah cheerleaders

Examples of rah-rah in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While Freeman, Betts and Kershaw were leaders by default, none of them possessed outwardly vocal, rah-rah personalities around which the team could rally. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 18 Sep. 2023 Books about crypto tend to fall into one of two categories: rah-rah accounts of how blockchain can better humanity or sneering takedowns that pronounce the whole thing a scam. Byjeff John Roberts, Fortune Crypto, 12 Sep. 2023 Players roll their eyes when a guy comes in on the first day and tries to make a rah-rah speech before earning their respect. Nick Alvarez | Nalvarez@al.com, al, 23 Aug. 2023 As the tournament progresses, the rah-rah approach only goes so far, though. Frank Dell'apa, BostonGlobe.com, 31 July 2023 Such rah-rah talk is to be expected in the preseason perhaps, but Sun Belt coaches seem unanimous in that assessment. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 26 July 2023 It’s filled with rah-rah quotes from adults about how terrific day camp experiences can be for children and teens, and surprised-sounding comments from children who seemed a bit astonished that the event was actually fun. The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 July 2023 Answer: Phony rah-rah turns off everyone when the underlying cause of a problem — leaders who fail to value employees — remains. Lynne Curry | Alaska Workplace, Anchorage Daily News, 26 June 2023 Bass doesn’t vaunt a rah-rah training program, filling the gym with trainers or cameras. Sam Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 5 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


reduplication of rah

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rah-rah was in 1896

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“Rah-rah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rah-rah. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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