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och

[okh] /ɒx/
interjection, Scot., Irish English.
1.
(used as an expression of surprise, disapproval, regret, etc.)
Origin of och
1520-1530
1520-30; < Scots Gaelic, Irish
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Examples from the Web for och
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  • "och, that was only a notion that came into my head," John answered.

    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, what's three months when you're young," Uncle William replied.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • och, ma'am, I mind it well; but sure I thought it was a speck.

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

    Marmaduke Merry William H. G. Kingston
  • och, Shorsha, it would be merely bringing all my sorrows back upon me!

    The Romany Rye George Borrow
  • och, dear joy, I am your most faithful shervant, and yours alsho.

    The Beaux-Stratagem George Farquhar
  • och, but tis shockin, shockin; an theyll never have him in Gelligaer again.

    Through Welsh Doorways

    Jeannette Augustus Marks
  • och Rose dear, why did you lave your ould mammy to go wid a foreigner?

    Manners, Vol 3 of 3 Frances Brooke
British Dictionary definitions for och

och

/ɒx/
interjection
1.
an expression of surprise, contempt, annoyance, impatience, or disagreement
sentence connector
2.
an expression used to preface a remark, gain time, etc: och, I suppose so
Also called ach
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