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whew

[hwyoo] /ʰwyu/
interjection
1.
(a whistling exclamation or sound expressing astonishment, dismay, relief, etc.)
noun
2.
an utterance of “whew.”.
Origin of whew
1505-1515
First recorded in 1505-15; imitative
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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

whew

/hwjuː/
interjection
1.
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for whew

whew

interjection

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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