[fyoo, pfyoo, whyoo]


(used as an exclamation to express disgust, exhaustion, surprise, impatience, relief, etc.): Phew, it's hot!

Origin of phew

First recorded in 1595–1605 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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an exclamation of relief, surprise, disbelief, weariness, etc
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Word Origin and History for phew

vocalic gesture expressing weariness, etc., attested from c.1600.

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