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  1. (a whistling exclamation or sound expressing astonishment, dismay, relief, etc.)
  1. an utterance of “whew.”

Origin of whew

First recorded in 1505–15; imitative
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Examples from the Web for whew

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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.


    Anna Balmer Myers

British Dictionary definitions for whew


  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