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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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  • Tha's done that a gooid en, but yond's th' whew, soa we mun goa an' do another bit for th' maister.

    Yorksher Puddin' John Hartley
  • whew—— "Señor of all the domains, fiefs, keeps and marshes of Warren of Kentucky—"

    The Ghost Breaker Paul Dickey
  • The priest being amazed, he could not tell what to say, but whistled and said whew!

    Folk-lore and legends: English Charles John Tibbits
  • "whew," I said, passing my hand over my heated face, and grinning at the Prince.

    Valley of the Croen Lee Tarbell
  • At that instant old Mr. Valentine came in, newly arrived from the Hill, and “whew”-ing at the cold.

    The Continental Dragoon Robert Neilson Stephens
  • He stared, slowly shook his head, and then uttered a fervent, "whew!"

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Mr. Wedgwood remarks that such sounds are written down as whew, and they serve as interjections for surprise.

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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