- (used to express protest, disbelief, disgust, or commiseration.)
- (used to express sentimental or sugary approval.)
Origin of aw
First recorded in 1850–55
- Articles of War.
- actual weight.
- (in shipping) all water.
- atomic weight.
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Examples from the Web for aw
Chris Stein of Blondie catches Ramone with an “aw, shucks” expression just after he drops a plate of food.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings
December 15, 2014
Aw has woven an impressive and contemporary human tapestry of a country that Western audiences would do well to better understand.
Five Star Billionaire By Tash Aw A collection of characters all trying to ride the tide of wealth in new China.
He is an ‘aw shucks’ guy, but in the meantime, he is ripping your balls out.
“He is an ‘aw shucks’ guy, but in the meantime, he is ripping your balls out,” says a veteran New York Republican.
"I'm aw'fly sorry," Billy murmured with a foolish, embarrassed grin.The Bacillus of Beauty
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.Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout
Aw, then, he was looking it––more shame to him, not to give looks words.A Singer from the Sea
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
- Scot a variant spelling of a'
- informal, mainly US an expression of disapproval, commiseration, or appeal
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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
- atomic weight
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