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[oo] /u/
(used to express amazement, satisfaction, excitement, etc.)
the exclamation “ooh.”.
verb (used without object)
to utter or exclaim “ooh.”.
ooh and aah, to exclaim in wonder or admiration:
The crowds oohed and aahed at the spectacular fireworks.
Origin of ooh
First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • For a moment he rocked to and fro, doubled up in pain, crying "ooh!"

    The House with the Green Shutters George Douglas Brown
  • Any friend of yours, Mr. Shawn—ooh, look at the great gray eyes of him!

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
  • He went gaily about, touching some articles, and even sniffing at others; he dived into my bedroom, and I heard him cry "ooh!"

    The Chequers James Runciman
  • We use consonants where the bird uses none, as when we give the name cuckoo to a bird whose cry is really "ooh, ooh."

    The Patient Observer Simeon Strunsky
  • ooh, said Dixon, looking still more keenly at the motor boat skipper.

    The Motor Boat Club in Florida H. Irving Hancock
British Dictionary definitions for ooh


an exclamation of surprise, pleasure, pain, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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