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[hwyoo] /ʰwyu/
(a whistling exclamation or sound expressing astonishment, dismay, relief, etc.)
an utterance of “whew.”.
Origin of whew
First recorded in 1505-15; imitative Unabridged
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  • whew, that beats finding pearls in the shells of mussels all hollow!

  • He stared, slowly shook his head, and then uttered a fervent, "whew!"

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He wore a straw hat, and boots of the ordinary colour, and — whew!

    Tom, Dick and Harry Talbot Baines Reed
  • "whew, it's cold," exclaimed Leon slapping his hands together.

  • "whew," he whistled as he glanced up and saw her at the little window of the attic.

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • whew, that was a warm job, Nadia—and this air of ours does smell good!

    Spacehounds of IPC Edward Elmer Smith
  • whew—— "Señor of all the domains, fiefs, keeps and marshes of Warren of Kentucky—"

    The Ghost Breaker Paul Dickey
British Dictionary definitions for whew


an exclamation or sharply exhaled breath expressing relief, surprise, delight, etc
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Word Origin and History for whew

exclamation of astonishment, etc., early 15c., a whistling sound, of imitative origin.

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Slang definitions & phrases for whew



An exclamation of astonishment, relief, incredulity, etc: It faces ABC's not-nearly-so-formidable Ellen. Whew/ ''Woooeee!'' says Dahl in mock terror

[1890+; probably echoic fr the whistling exhalation of a relieved person]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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