[ uh-waw, uh-wah ]


Origin of awa

First recorded in 1810–20

Other definitions for awa (2 of 2)

[ ah-vuh ]

noun,plural a·wa, a·was.Hawaii.
  1. another word for milkfish.

Origin of awa

First recorded in 1900–05; from Hawaiian; compare Fijian yawa, Tahitian ava Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use awa in a sentence

  • He didna stay very lang, and gaed awa' saying he'd come back again.

    The Underworld | James C. Welsh
  • I sat up till after midnight aye expectin' you'd be in, sae I gaed awa' to my bed to lie wauken till you should come in.

    The Underworld | James C. Welsh
  • Jenny's awa' owre to Rundell Hoose, an' we'll no' ken onything till she comes back.

    The Underworld | James C. Welsh
  • Mysie gane, an' guid kens where she is, an' John ta'en awa' jist when oor battle was beginnin' to get easier.

    The Underworld | James C. Welsh
  • Sometimes I rest 'em in the teabox to keep 'em awa' frae the bairns, but I canna find 'em theer.

British Dictionary definitions for awa' (1 of 2)


/ (əˈwɔː) /

  1. Scot away; departed; onward

British Dictionary definitions for AWA (2 of 2)


abbreviation for
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