ruh-roh

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First used by Astro on the cartoon The Jetsons and later by Scooby-Doo in the Scooby-Doo cartoon series; both characters are dogs who speak broken English with the insertion of many r's.

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

ruh-roh

  1. (humorous) Alternative form of uh-oh
    • 2007, Robert Thompson & Barbara Fritchman Thompson, Building the Perfect PC, O'Reilly (2007), →ISBN, page 228:
      After we finished securing the motherboard, we planned to shoot an image of the rear I/O panel to show that none of the grounding tabs were obstructing ports. Ruh-roh. When we got down to shoot a close-up, we were surprised to see that both Gigabit Ethernet ports were obstructed, []
    • 2011, Kristan Higgins, Until There Was You, Harlequin (2011), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      Ruh-roh, Posey thought. Something was about to hit the fan.
    • 2012, Roxanne St. Claire, Don't You Wish, Delacorte Press (2012), →ISBN, page 352:
      Missy makes a face. “Ruh-roh. He sounds mad."
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:ruh-roh.