Hooray Henry

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 Vis-count Linley won libel damages from Today newspaper which had, among more serious allegations, referred to him as a Hooray.
► 'Hooray Henrys sometimes cruise down here just looking for an old codger to beat up. The last time they did it, we smashed up their flashy car.' (Homeless dosser, Observer, 6 August 1987)

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • Hooray Henry — ► NOUN (pl. Hooray Henrys or Hooray Henries) Brit. informal ▪ a lively but ineffectual young upper class man …   English terms dictionary

  • Hooray Henry — /hureɪ ˈhɛnri/ (say hoohray henree) noun Chiefly British Colloquial a upper class young man with mannerisms seen as conventionally upper class, often overly hearty or extroverted. Also, Hooray. {hooray + Henry man s name} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Hooray (Henry) — Noun. A young male of the upper classes. Often abbreviated to Hooray. E.g. I m not going in that bar again, it was full of Hoorays drinking champagne and talking about how rich they are. Also Hurray Henry or Hurrah Henry. Derog …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • Hooray Henry — noun (plural Hooray Henrys or Hooray Henries) Brit. informal a lively but ineffectual young upper class man …   English new terms dictionary

  • Hooray Henry — n (BrE infml disapprov) a young upper class man with a loud voice and cheerful manner who is regarded as rather stupid. The female equivalent is a Hooray Henrietta. Compare Sloane Ranger. * * * …   Universalium

  • Hooray Henry — noun An offensively loud mouthed upper class man …   Wiktionary

  • hooray Henry — Meaning A loud mouthed upper class fool. Origin Mostly used in Britain. Originates from a character in Damon Runyon s Tight Shoes story …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • hooray Henry — • a term to describe an upper class twit type character who probably went to public school and who would own a yacht etc. Also see Sloan Ranger …   Londonisms dictionary

  • Hooray Henry — noun a lively and ineffectual upper class young man • Regions: ↑United Kingdom, ↑UK, ↑U.K., ↑Britain, ↑United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, ↑Great Britain • Hypernyms: ↑man, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hooray Henrietta — ➡ Hooray Henry * * * …   Universalium

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