Bronx cheer – Wiktionary



Believed to originate from the making of the sound throughout sporting and different occasions within the Bronx, a borough of New York Metropolis, New York, USA.[1]



Bronx cheer (plural Bronx cheers)

  1. (US, idiomatic) Synonym of raspberry (a sound supposed to resemble flatulence made by blowing air out of the mouth whereas the tongue is protruding from and pressed towards the lips, used humorously or to specific disdain or scorn) [from 1920s]
    Synonyms: razz, razzberry
    • 1921 October 19, The Washington Put up, Washington, D.C., web page 16, columns 4–5:

      Princeton’s defeat by Annapolis is regretted right here because the Staggs say in the event that they win within the East it will not be held as such-a-much, whereas if Chicago loses the East will grin and provides Western soccer the jolly outdated Bronx cheer.

    • 1937 April, Donald Hough, “Hold the Dwelling Pies Burning: There’s Nothing so Soggy, so Flavorless or Indigestible as Dwelling-cooked Dinner on the Farm”, in Arnold Gingrich, editor, Esquire: The Journal for Males, quantity VII, quantity 4 (quantity 41 general), Chicago, Ailing.: Esquire, Inc., ISSN 0014-0791, OCLC 752409455, web page 164, column 3:

      There is no such thing as a motive, no sound motive—forgetting as soon as extra the beer-weeping—why our eating places shouldn’t step out and declare the world’s championship, give the home made product the Bronx cheer, and have carried out with all this nonsense.

    • 1973, Bernard Malamud, “The Letter”, in Rembrandt’s Hat, New York, N.Y.: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, printed 1986, →ISBN, web page 105:

      “Why would not he write a number of phrases to you? Or you may write a number of phrases to him.” / “A Bronx cheer on you.” / “It is my letter,” Teddy mentioned. / “I do not care who writes it,” mentioned Newman. “I might write a message for you wishing him luck. I might say you hope he will get out of right here quickly.” / “A Bronx cheer to that.”

    • 1989, Greil Marcus, “The Artwork of Yesterday’s Crash”, in Lipstick Traces, Faber & Faber, printed 2009:

      In London or New York within the late 1970s dada meant what it meant in Paris and New York on the finish of the First World Battle: a not-quite-naked prank, a jape clothed within the barest g-string of aesthetic authority, a Bronx cheer in three-part concord, Tzara’s affirmation of the appropriate “to piss and shit in several colours.”

    • 1990, J. Peter Burkholder, “‘Citation’ and Paraphrase in Ives’s Second Symphony”, in Joseph Kerman, editor, Music on the Flip of Century: A 19th-century Music Reader (California Research in 19th-century Music; 7), Berkeley; Los Angeles, Calif.: College of California Press, →ISBN, footnote 34, web page 53:

      The unique ending [of Charles Ives’s Symphony No. 2] is preferable; the ultimate dissonance within the printed model is a Bronx cheer utterly out of the spirit of the remainder of the work.
    • 2004, Steven Englund, “Energy (III): Naming It (From Citizen Consul to Emperor of the French)”, in Napoleon: A Political Life, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard College Press, →ISBN, guide III (Contre nous, de la tyrannie), web page 247:

      He [Louis XIV of France] misplaced main battles and wars, signed ruinous treaties, handed over territories to his enemies, and so utterly undermined his private popularity that in 1715 his corpse was greeted with Bronx cheers because it went to its resting place.
    • 2014, Doug Kass, “Buffett Watch”, in Doug Kass on the Market: A Life on the Avenue, Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, →ISBN, web page 409:

      As I walked as much as the stage, quite a few members of the viewers acknowledged me and largely yelled out, “Good luck,” although there have been some Bronx cheers. I felt like a heavyweight fighter approaching the ring to the cheers and boos of the group.



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