[ aw ]

  1. (used to express protest, disbelief, disgust, or commiseration.)

  2. (used to express sentimental or sugary approval.)

Origin of aw

First recorded in 1850–55

Other definitions for AW (2 of 3)


  1. Articles of War.

Other definitions for a.w. (3 of 3)


  1. actual weight.

  2. (in shipping) all water.

  1. atomic weight. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use aw in a sentence

  • Lexington, Kentucky–based A&W Restaurants is tossing its hat into the fast-casual and better burger segment later this year.

  • That there Native Son throws on a-w-l-together too much dog to really get out and do anything.

    Flying U Ranch | B. M. Bower
  • I think I shall be able to d-r-a-w-l like him by two oclock to-morrow, when he leaves.

    Old Times in Dixie Land | Caroline E. Merrick
  • Let me introduce this quaint worthy, speaking of himself in the third person, and under the abridged designation of A. W.

    The Violin | George Dubourg
  • For instance, "I shall always address you in your own S-n-i-v-e-l-i-n-g d-r-a-w-l, baby."

British Dictionary definitions for aw (1 of 3)


/ (ɔː) /

  1. Scot a variant spelling of a'

British Dictionary definitions for aw (2 of 3)


/ (ɔː) /

  1. informal, mainly US an expression of disapproval, commiseration, or appeal

British Dictionary definitions for aw (3 of 3)


the internet domain name for
  1. Aruba

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