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Webster 1913 Edition


Oh

Oh

(ō)
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O
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An exclamation expressing various emotions, according to the tone and manner, especially surprise, pain, sorrow, anxiety, or a wish. See the Note under
O
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Oh

OH

, exclam. Denoting surprise, pain, sorrow or anxiety.

Definition 2022


oh

oh

See also: OH, óh, öh, он, өн, and

English

Interjection

oh

  1. Expression of surprise.
    Oh! I didn't see you there.
  2. Expression of wonder, amazement, or awe.
    Oh, wow! That's amazing.
  3. Expression of understanding, recognition, or realization.
    Oh, so that's how it works.
  4. A word to precede an offhand or annoyed remark.
    Oh, leave me alone.
  5. A word to precede an added comment or afterthought.
    Oh, and don't forget your coat.
  6. An invocation or address (similar to the vocative in languages with noun declension), often with a tern of endearment.
    Oh, gosh
    Oh, baby
  7. Exclamation for drama or emphasis (often poetic).
    Oh, when will it end?
    • Sir Walter Raleigh
      Oh, by what plots, by what forswearings, betrayings, oppressions, imprisonments, tortures, poisonings, and under what reasons of state and politic subtilty, have these forenamed kings [] pulled the vengeance of God upon themselves []
  8. Expression of pain. See ouch.
    Oh! That hurt.
  1. Space filler or extra syllable, especially in (popular) music.
    oh, oh, oh
  2. (interrogative) Expression of mild scepticism
    "You should watch where you're going!" "Oh?"

Alternative forms

Particularly in the context of internet conversations, "oh" is sometimes written with additional Os or Hs - for example, oooh or ohhh.

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Translations

Noun

oh (plural ohs)

  1. the letter O, o (more commonly spelled o)
    • Ben Bova (2006) Titan, p. 33
      One genuine recycled local glass of aitch-two-oh
  2. the digit 0 (especially in representations of speech)
    • My telephone number is four-double-three-two-oh-nine.
  3. An utterance of oh; a spoken expression of surprise, acknowledgement, etc.
    • Seabert Parsons, The Lost Codex of Palenque (page 240)
      There were ohs and ahs, and the people twisted about as they looked for her. Then they began to applaud.

Verb

oh (third-person singular simple present ohs, present participle ohing, simple past and past participle ohed)

  1. (intransitive) To utter the interjection oh; to express surprise, etc.
    • 1852, Merry's museum and Parley's magazine (volumes 23-24, page 46)
      A quarter of an hour elapsed, and then, after several rings at the door-bell, a smothered laugh, and a good deal of ohing and ahing, the door was thrown open, and one by one, as they were announced, in came the expected characters.

Anagrams


Dutch

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /oː/

Interjection

oh

  1. oh

French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /o/
  • Rhymes: -o

Interjection

oh

  1. oh

Hungarian

Interjection

oh

  1. oh!

Pohnpeian

Conjunction

oh

  1. and

Portuguese

Interjection

oh

  1. Alternative form of ó

Spanish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /o/
  • Homophones: o, ó

Interjection

oh

  1. oh (expression of awe, surprise, pain or realization)

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