Origin of whoa
Examples from the Web for whoa
One can only assume the hangover cries: “whoa, who did I vote for last night?”
She then warns Russia to leave Ukraine alone, to which “Putin” replies, "Whoa, hey Capt. Buzzkill!"
But when he comes across ScarJo, who says, “Whoa, whoa, whoa: no sex before monogamy”—which is my role—he has to pay the toll.‘Millionaire Matchmaker’s’ Patti Stanger On ‘Don John,’ Porn Addiction, and Relationships|Patti Stanger|September 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It came out right as I was about to graduate and I think people were like, “Whoa, maybe she was pretty!”Heather Graham on ‘The Hangover Part III,’ Roles for Women, and More|Marlow Stern|May 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The roll of an approaching vehicle was plainly heard; the coachman's sharp "Whoa!"Alone|Marion Harland
Then with an expression of radiant gladness, he called “Whoa!”Dixie Martin|Grace May North
It was certainly from America that the farmers had their cries of "Whoa."The Foundations of Japan|J.W. Robertson Scott
The chief of the Nedni Apaches, Whoa, was with me and commanded one division.Geronimo's Story of His Life|Geronimo
But, to my dread, I presently heard Tom cry sharply, "Whoa!"Philip Winwood|Robert Neilson Stephens
British Dictionary definitions for whoa
Word Origin for whoa
Word Origin and History for 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 As an expression of delight or surprise (1980s) it has gradually superseded wow, which was very popular 1960s.