whew

[ hwyoo ]
/ ʰwyu /

interjection

(a whistling exclamation or sound expressing astonishment, dismay, relief, etc.)

noun

an utterance of “whew.”

Nearby words

  1. whet,
  2. whet one's appetite,
  3. whether,
  4. whether or not,
  5. whetstone,
  6. whewellite,
  7. whey,
  8. wheyey,
  9. wheyface,
  10. wheyish

Origin of whew

First recorded in 1505–15; imitative

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British Dictionary definitions for whew

whew

/ (hwjuː) /

interjection

an exclamation or sharply exhaled breath expressing relief, surprise, delight, etc
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Word Origin and History for whew

whew

exclamation of astonishment, etc., early 15c., a whistling sound, of imitative origin.

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