General English


  • noun
    (written as Hooray)
    a young upper-class male, particularly one who indulges in offensive, rowdy, hearty and/or vacuous behaviour. This pejorative term arose in the late 1960s to describe the more exhibitionist members of a social subgroup which was later anatomised under the name Sloane Rangers. Hooray was a later shortening. A version of this epithet first appeared in Damon Runyon’s story Tight Shoes, in which a young man called Calvin Colby was described as ‘without doubt, strictly a Hooray Henry’. In March 1990 Viscount Linley won libel damages from Today newspaper which had, among more serious allegations, referred to him as a Hooray.