whoa

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Etymology[edit]

Whoa (c. 1843) is a variant of woa (c. 1840), itself a variant of wo (c. 1787), from who (c. 1450), ultimately from Middle English ho, hoo (interjection), probably from Old Norse hó! (interjection, also, a shepherd's call). Compare German ho, Old French ho ! (hold!, halt!).

Interjection[edit]

whoa

  1. stop (especially when commanding a horse or imitative thereof); calm down; slow down.
    Whoa, Nelly!
  2. An expression of surprise.
    Whoa, are you serious?

Usage notes[edit]

Another alternate spelling from woa, woah (c. 1856), is common, especially on the internet.

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