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  1. (used to express amazement, satisfaction, excitement, etc.)
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  1. the exclamation “ooh.”
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verb (used without object)
  1. to utter or exclaim “ooh.”
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  1. ooh and aah, to exclaim in wonder or admiration: The crowds oohed and aahed at the spectacular fireworks.
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Origin of ooh

First recorded in 1915–20
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  1. an exclamation of surprise, pleasure, pain, etc
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Word Origin and History for ooh

exclamation of pain, surprise, wonder, etc., 1916. Combined with aah from 1953. Ooh-la-la, exclamation of surprise or appreciation, is attested 1924, from French and suggestive of the supposed raciness of the French.

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