[ah-hah, uh-hah]


(used as an exclamation of triumphant discovery, mockery, contempt, irony, surprise, etc., according to the manner of utterance.)


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Contemporary Examples of aha

Historical Examples of aha

  • Aha, you've discovered it's a parody, have you, you sly minx!

    The Straw

    Eugene O'Neill

  • Aha, yaas; and the bon papa and mamma know vere you have come?

    Cormorant Crag

    George Manville Fenn

  • "Aha," said the lean man, quietly, and gripped the lad's arm with his hand.

    The Black Buccaneer

    Stephen W. Meader

  • Aha, thought I, now at last is he going to pester me with his literary efforts.

  • Aha, you are going about and showing the people what you can do!

    The Goose Man

    Jacob Wassermann

British Dictionary definitions for aha



an exclamation expressing triumph, surprise, etc, according to the intonation of the speaker
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Word Origin and History for aha

exclamation of surprise or delighted discovery, late 14c., from ah + ha.

They crieden out! ... A ha the fox! and after him thay ran. [Chaucer]
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