hoo-ha

Alternative Spellings

hoo-hah, hooha, hoohah

Definitions

  • interjection of admiration or astonishment
  • hullabaloo, commotion
  • vagina

Example Sentences

  • "His new house? Hoo-ha!" (Rosten)
  • "The stubbornness of the Zing bails is causing a hoo-ha at the cricket World Cup" (https://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/article.aspx?id=291489)
  • "The Time I Shaved My Hoo-Ha" (http://outmannedmommy.com/2014/03/13/the-time-i-shaved-my-hoo-ha/)

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

הו-האַ hu-ha 'hullabaloo'

Who Uses This

Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

Regions

North America, Great Britain, South Africa, Australia / New Zealand

Dictionaries

The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

Notes

The interjection usage is more common among older Ashkenazic Jews. The "vagina" usage is not specifically Jewish.

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