argh

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

In imitation of a cry. Used since at least the 18th century.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɑɹː/, /ɑɹɡ/ growled /ɹ/ (♪: ╰— )
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Interjection[edit]

argh

  1. (onomatopoeia) Expressing annoyance, dismay, embarrassment or frustration.
    Argh! Itʼs already 7:15! Weʼre never gonna make it!
Translations[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

Any of the letters may be reduplicated, e.g. Arrggh!, Aaaarrrggghhh!!!

See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English argh, from Old English earg ‎(inert; weak; timid; cowardly). Cognate with Scots ergh, argh, arch, erf ‎(timid; reluctant; unwilling). More at eerie.

Adjective[edit]

argh ‎(comparative more argh, superlative most argh)

  1. (dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) timid; cowardly

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christine A. Lindberg (editor), The Oxford College Dictionary, 2nd edition (Spark Publishing, 2007 [2002], ISBN 978-1-4114-0500-4), page 1

Portuguese[edit]

Interjection[edit]

argh

  1. (onomatopoeia) argh (expression of annoyance)