whoa

[ hwoh, woh ]
/ ʰwoʊ, woʊ /
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interjection

stop! (used especially to horses).

Nearby words

  1. who're,
  2. who's,
  3. who's afraid of virginia woolf?,
  4. who's who,
  5. who-does-what,
  6. whodunit,
  7. whodunnit,
  8. whoe'er,
  9. whoever,
  10. whole

Origin of whoa

First recorded in 1615–25; dialectal variant of ho2

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British Dictionary definitions for whoa

whoa

/ (wəʊ) /

interjection

a command used esp to horses to stop or slow down

Word Origin for whoa

C19: variant of ho 1

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Word Origin and History for whoa

whoa

1620s, a cry to call attention from a distance, a variant of who. As a command to stop a horse, it is attested from 1843, a variant of ho. As an expression of delight or surprise (1980s) it has gradually superseded wow, which was very popular 1960s.

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