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[okh] /ɒx/
interjection, Scot., Irish English.
(used as an expression of surprise, disapproval, regret, etc.)
Origin of och
1520-30; < Scots Gaelic, Irish Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • och, I knew his father—him and me were same as brothers—and a good ould man for all.

    The Deemster Hall Caine
  • och, it was there somewhere, but people were different from what they were in the ancient days.

    The Wind Bloweth Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
  • "och, I'm no great things whatever," Dan replied with becoming modesty.

  • och, yes, I was always celebrated for my zeal,” he answered.

    Marmaduke Merry William H. G. Kingston
  • It was not for him to cringe and sue to a prisoner to come out of that foul hole, och!

    The Deemster Hall Caine
  • och, Shorsha, it would be merely bringing all my sorrows back upon me!

    The Romany Rye George Borrow
  • "och, what's three months when you're young," Uncle William replied.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • "och, he's mebbe only a wee bit out of sorts," John answered.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • och, sure Oi wouldnt strike yees wid yees hands tied, ye murtherin villain!

    An Oregon Girl Alfred Ernest Rice
  • och, dear joy, I am your most faithful shervant, and yours alsho.

    The Beaux-Stratagem George Farquhar
British Dictionary definitions for och


an expression of surprise, contempt, annoyance, impatience, or disagreement
sentence connector
an expression used to preface a remark, gain time, etc: och, I suppose so
Also called ach
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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