oh

[oh]

interjection

(used as an expression of surprise, pain, disapprobation, etc.)
(used in direct address to attract the attention of the person spoken to): Oh, John, will you take these books?

noun, plural oh's, ohs.

the exclamation “oh.”

verb (used without object)

to utter or exclaim “oh.”

Origin of oh

later spelling of O, from mid-16th century
Can be confusedO oh owe
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Related Words for ohing

dear, woe, gee, oh, no, sorry, uh-oh

British Dictionary definitions for ohing

OH

abbreviation for

Ohio

oh

interjection

an exclamation expressive of surprise, pain, pleasure, etc

sentence connector

an expression used to preface a remark, gain time, etcoh, I suppose so
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Word Origin and History for ohing

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.

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