Is there a word/phrase for the 'battle cry' from sports game audience? What about the 'shout' at the end of the scrum?

  • What does your second question mean? Are you asking to find another word for that or is it your choice to answer your own first question? Commented May 11, 2013 at 21:09
  • The second question is another question. I put them together because maybe one word can answer both. To clarify by 'battle cry' I mean the shout from the crowd to cheer the players.
    – NS.X.
    Commented May 11, 2013 at 21:30
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    One word often used to described stadium cries would be cheer, which can be used to describe either the roar of the crowd after a big play, or an organized chant.
    – J.R.
    Commented May 12, 2013 at 21:35

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Where I come from, it's still called a battle cry (listen at 0.47). The associated musical composition (whose title and first words are the battle cry) is the fight song.

We don't have scrums in my part of the world, so I can't help you with that.

  • A scrum (short for scrummage) is a method of re-starting play in rugby football. Don't you have rugby or scrum in the rugby? &^) Commented May 11, 2013 at 21:55
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    @PersianCat In Alabama we play American football, which is (especially if you come from Auburn) less a sport than a sort of secondary religion. Commented May 11, 2013 at 22:18
  • Ok! I got it! :) Commented May 11, 2013 at 22:23
  • @StoneyB I am confused. You do play American football, then what do you mean by you don't have scrums?
    – NS.X.
    Commented May 11, 2013 at 22:35
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    NS.X American football does not have scrums. There is a "line of scrimmage", at which each play starts (action is not continuous), but there is no contest there for possession of the ball. Commented May 11, 2013 at 22:44

Battle cry from The Free dictionary means:

  1. A rallying cry uttered in combat, especially while attacking.
  2. A slogan used by the proponents of a cause.

I found these:

Whoop from The Free Dictionary:


  • A loud cry of exultation or excitement.

  • A shout uttered by a hunter or warrior.

B. A hooting cry, as of a bird.

C. The paroxysmal gasp characteristic of whooping cough.

Sports cry from Urban Dictionary:

The Permissible act of a sports fan or athlete, usually a male, shedding a quiet tear in celebration of their team's accomplishments. Also acceptable at the end of a classic sports motion picture. Only one episode of sports crying is acceptable per situation.

I sports cry every time at the end of 'Angels in the Outfield'.

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    I think what OP has in mind is cry in the sense "shout" (which is its meaning in battle cry) rather than "weep". Commented May 11, 2013 at 21:22

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