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See also: ah, ááh, ääh, and åh



As an interjection the word is pronounced basically the same way as the interjection ah but the double a stresses prolongation. In the noun and the verb there is no extra prolongation.

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  1. Indication of amazement or surprise or enthusiasm.
    Aah! That's amazing!
    • 1985, Joan Morrison, chapter 5, in Share House Blues, Boolarong Publications, page 62:
      'Aaah!' they sigh, as the silvery Space Shuttle races heavenwards on top of a towering pillar of flame.
  2. Indication of joyful pleasure.
  3. Indication of sympathy.
    Aah, I feel so bad for you...
  4. Indication of mouth being opened wide.
    Dentists would always instruct, say aah!
  5. To express understanding.
    Aah. Now I understand.
  6. The sound of one screaming (with as many a's or h's as needed for emphasis).
    AAAHHH! A bug! A bug! Get it off me! Get it off me!
    Aah! A rat!



aah (plural aahs)

  1. Expression of amazement, surprise, enthusiasm, or fear.
  2. Expression of joy and/or pleasure.
  3. The exclamation aah.


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aah (third-person singular simple present aahs, present participle aahing, simple past and past participle aahed)

  1. (intransitive, informal) To say or exclaim aah.
    1. To express amazement or surprise or enthusiasm, especially by the interjection aah.
      Everyone who came by oohed and aahed over her new appearance.
    2. To express joy or pleasure, especially by the interjection aah.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The object of feelings usually is indicated by the prepositions over or at.
  • Very often the word is used together with some other verb derived from an interjection. The most common combination is to ooh and aah.




Alternative forms[edit]


From Old Irish áth (compare Irish áth, Scottish Gaelic àth), from Proto-Celtic *yātus (ford).


aah f (genitive singular aah, plural aahghyn or aaghyn)

  1. (geography) ford