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oh

[oh] /oʊ/
interjection
1.
(used as an expression of surprise, pain, disapprobation, etc.)
2.
(used in direct address to attract the attention of the person spoken to):
Oh, John, will you take these books?
noun, plural oh's, ohs.
3.
the exclamation “oh.”.
verb (used without object)
4.
to utter or exclaim “oh.”.
Origin of oh
later spelling of O, from mid-16th century
Can be confused
O, oh, owe.

Oh

[oh] /oʊ/
noun
1.
Sadaharu [sah-duh-hahr-oo] /ˌsɑ dəˈhɑr u/ (Show IPA), born 1940, Chinese baseball player and manager in Japan.

OH

1.
Ohio (approved especially for use with zip code).
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  • oh, I was an Indian in my time—a reg'ler measly hop-pickin' Siwash at that.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • "oh, I see," said the younger Milbrey—his face clearing all at once.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • "oh, blessed be the sound of your voice," replied the peasant.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • And oh, sir,” added Stephen, “may we crave a drop of water for our dog?

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • oh, if a man only could live up to the verses he cuts out of magazines!

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for oh

oh

/əʊ/
interjection
1.
an exclamation expressive of surprise, pain, pleasure, etc
sentence connector
2.
an expression used to preface a remark, gain time, etc: oh, I suppose so

OH

abbreviation
1.
Ohio
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Word Origin and History for oh

1530s, interjection expressing various emotions, a common Indo-European word (e.g. Old French ô;, oh; Latin o, oh; Greek o; Old Church Slavonic and Lithuanian o; Gothic, Dutch, German o; Old Irish a; Sanskrit a), but not found in Old English, which translated Latin oh with la or eala.

The present tendency is to restrict oh to places where it has a certain independence, & prefer o where it is proclitic or leans forward upon what follows .... [Fowler]
Often extended for emphasis, e.g. Oh, baby, stock saying from c.1918; oh, boy (1910); oh, yeah (1924). Reduplicated form oh-oh as an expression of alarm or dismay is attested from 1944. Oh-so "so very" (often sarcastic or ironic) is from 1922. Oh yeah? "really? Is that so?" attested from 1930.

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