• interj. An interjection of admiration or astonishment, sometimes mockingly.

  • n. Fuss, commotion.

  • n. 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" (source)

  • "The Time I Shaved My Hoo-Ha" (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • 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


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


      • 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).

      Alternative Spellings

      hoo-hah, hooha, hoohah, hu-ha, hu ha, huha


  • The interjection usage is more common among older Ashkenazic Jews.

    The "vagina" usage is not specifically Jewish.

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