Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • interj. Used to express joy, encouragement, or triumph.
  • n. A shout of "huzzah.”
  • n. A cheer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. Used as a call for coordinated physical effort, as in hoisting.
  • interj. Used as a cheer indicating enjoyment or approval.
  • n. A cheer often associated with sailors, shouted by a group in praise of a thing or event.
  • v. To cheer with a huzzah sound.

Etymologies

Perhaps variant of Middle English hisse, heave!; see hoist.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Unknown. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But I'll just go for "huzzah" right now. posted by Hal Duncan | 5: 45 PM

    Hurrah!

  • And for that I have to tip my hat and say "huzzah"!

    He Said, She Said

  • Everyone was confused and uncertain of what to do - until the British let out a loud "huzzah" and fired off a volley before advancing at the double quick toward you and your friends, bayonets at the ready.

    The Moderate Voice

  • Drew Bledsoe threw a touchdown pass to Dave Moore for the Bills, Eric Moulds caught four passes, and President Fillmore gave a rousing "huzzah" as Rohan Davey entered the game to replace Brady.

    NYT > Home Page

  • About time to send a little "huzzah" to Steve Barry, don't you think?

    The Big Picture

  • Emily taught me how to bind off, so now I have my first finished project, huzzah!

    Monday!

  • I'll have to do more work on it because some things are sketchy, but at least I have all my particulates in a row, huzzah.

    so yeah. stuff!

  • Then came a nice, sunny weekend, a somewhat less sunny Monday (rain in the evening – boo!), and snow again on Tuesday (huzzah!).

    Back from the Mountains

  • I don't think there will be a lot of huzzah during the Sony Conference, except for the obvious God of War 3 stuff.

    E3 2009, Day 1: Microsoft, Microsoft, Microsoft

  • Should it go ahead, I think my agent has engaged himself to being my stalwart, huzzah!

    Event Interest Gauge.

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  • See this profile for a masterful example of usage.

    August 8, 2008

  • This word is immeasurably superior to "hurrah".

    August 8, 2008

  • Whenever I hear kudos I think of the snack bar. Otherwise, good joke!

    October 10, 2007

  • One day I'm going to say to someone, "huzzah, but no kudos, it wasn't THAT good".

    October 10, 2007

  • No, but close! A museum. (We actually have an apothecary shop.) The other job was a Renaissance Faire--where it's somewhat less surprising that you'd hear an anachronistic word...

    Is it really nineteenth century? Hmm.

    October 10, 2007

  • But CB, it's so 19th century. Do you work in an apothecary shop?

    Actually, 'huzzah' has attained some sort of cutesy, semi-ironic (semironic?) currency. I occasionally deploy it. I blame Mr. Burns.

    October 10, 2007

  • I hear this almost every freakin' day at work. No, really. What's even weirder, that's the second job I've had where it's used every day.

    October 10, 2007

  • I like it when Monty Burns says this on the Simpsons. (/unoriginal)

    August 12, 2007