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Definition of "HOOAH" : Army Meaning

Updated on April 1, 2013

Hooah - The Army Battle Cry

Wikipedia defines Hooah as "referring to or meaning anything and everything except no"

Hooah is pronounced "who-ah"

Origin of Hooah

Many believe that the origin of the word "Hooah" was the acronym "HUA". HUA stands for Heard, Understood and Acknowledged.

Some Examples of What HOOAH Means

  • I have no clue what you just said but will not ask
  • I concur
  • Roger that
  • I'm right behind ya
  • I am so clueless
  • Hardcore
  • I am pumped up and need to scream something
  • I agree
  • Yes!
  • I understand
  • I'm confused, please don't ask me
  • Squared away
  • Thank You
  • What?!
  • Amen
  • Your wrong but you outrank me
  • I'm going to do this my way
  • Heard, understood and acknowledged
  • Are you serious?
  • You're an idiot
  • F*** You
  • Next slide please
  • Does everyone understand?
  • I'm done talking
  • I'm here
  • I'm in terrible pain but need to act tough
  • Whatever
  • Sure
  • If you say so
  • I guess i don't have a choice
  • What are you smoking?
  • I am pretending to be motivated so you will shut up
  • I am actually motivated
  • Hello
  • Goodbye
  • I'm fine
  • Have a great day
  • I am at a loss for words
  • Solid copy
  • Good
  • Great
  • Message received
  • i don't know the answer but I'll check on it
  • I am not listening
  • You have taken the correct action


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      Shasta Matova 

      8 years ago from USA

      I've heard it being used in shows and movies and had some vague idea of what it means, and now I understand why I didn't understand exactly. Thanks for the hilarious and enlightening definition.

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      Alecia Murphy 

      8 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I'm glad I found out what this means. I had no idea. And my dad was a Drill Sargent. This was long before I was in the picture but I never thought to ask what it meant. It makes sense that it's all purpose, because you never hear it in one context.

      Thanks for sharing this info.

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      Megan Garcia 

      8 years ago from Florida

      lol. I have to fight the urge to say it sometimes since both me and my were/are in the Army, he laughs at me when it still comes out of my mouth.

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      8 years ago

      We hear "Hooah!" around our household quite a bit. My husband was an enlisted Soldier for 9 years, but then earned an officer commission 3 years ago. He still reflects on his basic training days, and, with a newborn son now in the house, he gets a kick out of whenever my husband says "Hooah!". Thanks for the great hub, I'm enjoying reading these! :)

    • Conservative Lady profile image


      8 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      Glad you clarified - he is a lot bigger than me lol

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      Megan Garcia 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Just remember Hooah is Army, OohRah is Marines. And they don't like being mistaken for each other. Lol

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      8 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      Love this hub! My baby brither (he hates it when I call him that) did 2 tours in the Marines during the Panama Canal troubles. I am going to tell him all about what Hooah means now ;-)

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      Megan Garcia 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Thanks Saladbar, I never realized how many different ways I've said Hooah until I started writing this. Head Up A** is a new one to me Onusonus

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      8 years ago

      I never heard anybody in the Army say "hooah", just plane, "hua". Acronym def; Head Up A$$.

      Good job!

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      Michala Salazar 

      8 years ago from the EARTH

      Hilarious and informative! :)


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