or hah

  1. (used as an exclamation of surprise, interrogation, suspicion, triumph, etc.)

Origin of ha

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at ha-ha1
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Examples from the Web for hah

Historical Examples of hah

  • The brother only sighed again, as he plodded dreamily along, 'Hah!

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • "Hah, now you're being suspicious," I said, lousy with virtue.

  • Bracy felt as if he would have given anything to have been able to utter a low “Hah!”

    Fix Bay'nets

    George Manville Fenn

  • What a flashing past there was of fiery eyes amid the darkness of the night—Hah!

    The Day of Wrath

    Maurus Jkai

  • They must have been disturbed in their act of plunder, whoever it was, and—and—hah!

    The King's Esquires

    George Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for hah


  1. a variant spelling of ha 1


abbreviation for
  1. Hawaii




  1. an exclamation expressing derision, triumph, surprise, etc, according to the intonation of the speaker
  2. (reiterated) a representation of the sound of laughter


symbol for
  1. hectare
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Word Origin and History for hah

variant of ha.


c.1300, natural expression of surprise, distress, etc.; found in most European languages; in Old English, Greek, Latin, Old French as ha ha. A ha-ha (1712), from French, was "an obstacle interrupting one's way sharply and disagreeably;" so called because it "surprizes ... and makes one cry Ah! Ah!" [Alexander Le Blond, "The Theory and Practice of Gardening," 1712].

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