[ oh ]
/ oʊ /


(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.”

Nearby words

  1. ogress,
  2. ogrishly,
  3. oguchi's disease,
  4. ogun,
  5. ogygian,
  6. oh, sadaharu,
  7. ohac,
  8. ohc,
  9. ohg,
  10. ohia lehua

Origin of oh

later spelling of O, from mid-16th century

Can be confusedO oh owe

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/ (əʊ) /


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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