noun, plural oh's, ohs.
verb (used without object)
Origin of oh
Definition for oh (2 of 3)
Definition for oh (3 of 3)
Examples from the Web for oh
As the protagonist gets herself off in front of her impotent husband, she moans “Oh, Gronky.”‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I just recently rewatched all six Star Wars movies the other day… Oh wow, from the beginning?Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire|William O’Connor|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And Ollie says, ‘Oh, I see, well, let me have two double vodka martinis.’The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Yet it was on their second record “Oh No” that the band fully realized success comes from so much more than good music.OK Go Is Helping Redefine the Music Video For the Internet Age|Lauren Schwartzberg|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That was the first time that I was like ,“Oh, I could be a weirdo and do this weird thing and it will be fun.”
Oh, what a shame to take him through the streets in such a helpless condition!Fireside Stories for Girls in Their Teens|Margaret White Eggleston
Again a question bellowed forth from the megaphone, "Oh, Lucien: where did he hit you?"William Adolphus Turnpike|William Banks
“Oh, pray take a glass with the young gentleman,” said Captain Bradshaw, with mock politeness.The King's Own|Captain Frederick Marryat
Oh, none, except that my father liked Jacob's political opinions and his views on art.Mr. Pim Passes By|Alan Alexander Milne
One step; oh, that is a blessed message I bring to you—it is only one step.The Master's Indwelling|Andrew Murray
British Dictionary definitions for oh (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for oh (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for oh
1530s, interjection expressing various emotions, a common Indo-European word (e.g. Old French ô;, oh; Latin o, oh; Greek o; Old Church Slavonic and Lithuanian o; Gothic, Dutch, German o; Old Irish a; Sanskrit a), but not found in Old English, which translated Latin oh with la or eala.
The present tendency is to restrict oh to places where it has a certain independence, & prefer o where it is proclitic or leans forward upon what follows .... [Fowler]
Often extended for emphasis, e.g. Oh, baby, stock saying from c.1918; oh, boy (1910); oh, yeah (1924). Reduplicated form oh-oh as an expression of alarm or dismay is attested from 1944. Oh-so "so very" (often sarcastic or ironic) is from 1922. Oh yeah? "really? Is that so?" attested from 1930.