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Believed to originate from the making of the sound during sporting and other events in the Bronx, a borough of New York City, New York, USA.[1]



Bronx cheer (plural Bronx cheers)

  1. (US, idiomatic) Synonym of raspberry (a sound intended to resemble flatulence made by blowing air out of the mouth while the tongue is protruding from and pressed against the lips, used humorously or to express disdain or scorn). [from 1920s]
    Synonyms: razz, razzberry
    • 1921 October 19, The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., page 16, columns 4–5:
      Princeton's defeat by Annapolis is regretted here as the Staggs say if they win in the East it won't be held as such-a-much, whereas if Chicago loses the East will grin and give Western football the jolly old Bronx cheer.



  1. ^ Paul Dickson (2009), “Bronx cheer”, in Skip McAfee, editor, The Dickson Baseball Dictionary, 3rd edition, New York, N.Y.: W. W. Norton & Company, →ISBN, page 138.

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