oughtn't've

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

oughtn't +‎ -'ve.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɔːtəntəv/, /ˈɔːtn̩təv/

Contraction[edit]

oughtn't've

  1. (Britain, colloquial or dialectal) ought not to have
    • 2000, Richard Wright, The long dream:
      "Hell, mebbe we oughtn't've done that." Tony was regretful.

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