noun, plural oh's, ohs.
verb (used without object)
Origin of oh
Examples from the Web for ohs
There was a difference between these two "ohs," which Elsie's quick ear detected.In the High Valley|Susan Coolidge
They received it with ohs and ahs, and in due season imparted it to their most intimate friends.Marjorie Dean High School Senior|Pauline Lester
A chorus of “ohs,” and “ahs,” and “dear mammas,” went round the table.The Inglises|Margaret Murray Robertson
But for the most part the greetings of the two parties was made up as Tom said of “Ohs and Ahs.”Ruth Fielding Down East|Alice B. Emerson
In catchwords the present opera is lacking, and in the puns which never failed to draw out the “ohs” of the audience.
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.