aw

[aw]
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interjection

(used to express protest, disbelief, disgust, or commiseration.)
(used to express sentimental or sugary approval.)

Origin of aw

First recorded in 1850–55

AW

Articles of War.

a.w.

or aw

actual weight.
(in shipping) all water.
atomic weight.
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Examples from the Web for aw

Contemporary Examples of aw

Historical Examples of aw

  • "I'm aw'fly sorry," Billy murmured with a foolish, embarrassed grin.

  • Aw, she's a poor mouth, that woman, and not fit to hold a candle to Eleanor.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Aw, he was only telegraphing to Gresham an' Jones for some sody water syrups.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • "Aw, he knows who we are," whispered Sam, but not so low but that our hero heard him.

  • Aw, then, he was looking it––more shame to him, not to give looks words.

    A Singer from the Sea

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr


British Dictionary definitions for aw

aw

1

determiner

Scot a variant spelling of a'

aw

2

interjection

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

aw

3

the internet domain name for

Aruba
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Word Origin and History for aw

expresion of mild disappointment, sympathy, etc., first recorded in this form by 1888.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

aw in Medicine

AW

abbr.

atomic weight
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