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  1. (used to express protest, disbelief, disgust, or commiseration.)
  2. (used to express sentimental or sugary approval.)
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Origin of aw

First recorded in 1850–55


  1. Articles of War.
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or aw

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

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Historical Examples

  • "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


  1. Scot a variant spelling of a'
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  1. informal, mainly US an expression of disapproval, commiseration, or appeal
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the internet domain name for
  1. Aruba
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Word Origin and History for aw

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

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aw in Medicine


  1. atomic weight
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