- (used as an exclamation of surprise, bewilderment, disbelief, contempt, or interrogation.)
Origin of huh
First recorded in 1600–10
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Related Wordsexclamation, wow, amen, hello, alas, boo, hurrah, ahem, oh, whoopee, hooray, shucks, er, ouch, rah, ah, egad, golly, hey, huh
Examples from the Web for huh
Did you sneak a line in like, “Eating ice cream with the enemy, huh, Coach?”Anna Kendrick on ‘Pitch Perfect 2,’ Drunken Horror Stories, and Singin’ Pharrell
July 24, 2014
And yet it immediately sparks the reply—well, the country sure has gotten way more enlightened since 2009, huh?
Huh, if these people are buying insurance, I guess maybe I should actually think about it.Pajamaboy, Call Your Boss
December 21, 2013
The Stranger turns to the camera and a caption on the screen reads: “Introducing John Hurt as the Doctor” Huh!?A Primer For Doctor Who’s ‘Day of the Doctor’ Episode
November 23, 2013
Like everyone else in America who tries not to patronize the fever swamps, I went "huh?"The Obama Press Conference
April 30, 2013
Huh, that ain't sayin' much, when like as not the target was a barn!
"Huh, thought I'd get enough while I was about it," Bandy-legs replied.
"Huh," grunted Peppajee doubtingly, his eyes turning to Phoebe.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
Well, your damned little crane got what she started after––huh!The Treasure Trail
Marah Ellis Ryan
Huh,” grunted Hardy suspiciously, “you better tell me first what you want.Hidden Water
- an exclamation of derision, bewilderment, inquiry, etc
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Word Origin and History for huh
as a representation of a grunting exclamation, attested from c.1600.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper