oh

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English o, oo, oa (oh).

Interjection[edit]

oh

  1. Expression of surprise.
    Oh! I didn't see you there.
  2. Expression of wonder, amazement, or awe.
    Oh, wow! That's amazing.
  3. Expression of understanding, affirmation, recognition, or realization.
    Oh, so that's how it works.
  4. A word to precede an offhand or annoyed remark.
    Oh, leave me alone.
  5. A word to precede an added comment or afterthought.
    Oh, and don't forget your coat.
  6. An invocation or address (similar to the vocative in languages with noun declension), often with a term of endearment.
    Oh, gosh
    • 1998, Max Martin, ...Baby One More Time (song performed by Britney Spears)
      Oh baby, baby, how was I supposed to know / That something wasn't right here?
  7. Exclamation for drama or emphasis (often poetic).
    Oh, when will it end?
    • 1614, Walter Ralegh [i.e., Walter Raleigh], The Historie of the World [], London: [] William Stansby for Walter Burre, [], OCLC 37026674, (please specify |book=1 to 5):
      Oh, by what plots, by what forswearings, betrayings, oppressions, imprisonments, tortures, poisonings, and under what reasons of state and politic subtilty, have these forenamed kings [] pulled the vengeance of God upon themselves []
  8. Expression of pain. See ouch.
    Oh! That hurt.
    • 1749, [John Cleland], “(Please specify the letter or volume)”, in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], London: [] G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] [], OCLC 731622352:
      "Oh! . . . oh! . . . I can't bear it . . . It is too much . . . I die . . . I am going . . ." were Polly's expressions of extasy
  9. Space filler or extra syllable, especially in (popular) music.
    • 1968, MacKinlay Kantor, Beauty Beast:
      I'm off with the raggle-taggle gypsy-oh.
  10. (interrogative) Expression of mild scepticism.
    "You should watch where you're going!" "Oh?"
  11. A word to mark a spoken phrase as imaginary.
    What if he says "Oh, I need to see your ID"?
Alternative forms[edit]

Particularly in the context of Internet conversations, "oh" is sometimes written with additional Os or Hs - for example, ohhh. See also ooh.

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Noun[edit]

oh (plural ohs)

  1. An utterance of oh; a spoken expression of surprise, acknowledgement, etc.
    • 2011, Seabert Parsons, The Lost Codex of Palenque, page 240
      There were ohs and ahs, and the people twisted about as they looked for her. Then they began to applaud.

Verb[edit]

oh (third-person singular simple present ohs, present participle ohing, simple past and past participle ohed)

  1. (intransitive) To utter the interjection oh; to express surprise, etc.
    • 1852, Merry's museum and Parley's magazine (volumes 23-24, page 46)
      A quarter of an hour elapsed, and then, after several rings at the door-bell, a smothered laugh, and a good deal of ohing and ahing, the door was thrown open, and one by one, as they were announced, in came the expected characters.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English o, oo, from Old English ō, from Latin ō.

Noun[edit]

oh (plural ohs)

  1. the letter O, o (more commonly spelled o)
    • 2006, Ben Bova, Titan, p. 33
      One genuine recycled local glass of aitch-two-oh

Etymology 3[edit]

From o (zero).

Noun[edit]

oh (plural ohs)

  1. the digit 0 (especially in representations of speech)
    My telephone number is four-double-three-two-oh-nine.
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Bahnar[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Bahnaric *ʔɔh.

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oh

  1. younger sibling

Dutch[edit]

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oh

  1. oh

Finnish[edit]

Noun[edit]

oh

  1. (housing) Abbreviation of olohuone (living room).

French[edit]

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oh

  1. oh

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Galician[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

oh

  1. oh (expression of surprise, etc.)
    Synonym: ó

References[edit]

  • oh” in Dicionario de Dicionarios da lingua galega, SLI - ILGA 2006-2013.
  • oh” in Tesouro informatizado da lingua galega. Santiago: ILG.
  • oh” in Álvarez, Rosario (coord.): Tesouro do léxico patrimonial galego e portugués, Santiago de Compostela: Instituto da Lingua Galega.

German[edit]

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oh

  1. oh

Hungarian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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oh

  1. oh!

Min Nan[edit]

For pronunciation and definitions of oh – see (“evil; wicked; bad; foul; ill; vicious; fierce; hostile; etc.”).
(This character, oh, is the Pe̍h-ōe-jī form of .)

Pohnpeian[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

oh

  1. and

Portuguese[edit]

Interjection[edit]

oh

  1. Alternative form of ó

Spanish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

oh

  1. oh (expression of awe, surprise, pain or realization)

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