whew

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ʍĭ̥ŭ̥/ [very short and unvoiced] (♪: )
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Interjection[edit]

whew

  1. An expressive sound made indicating the release of one's inner tension; the release of breath; an expression of relief.
    (from strenuous labour) Whew! That box weighs a ton!
    (from intense concern) Whew! Thank goodness youʼre safe! I thought something terrible had happened to you!
    (from fear of being seen) Whew! That cop didnʼt see me! That was a close call!
  2. An expression of amazement or surprise.
    • 1981, P. L. Travers, Mary Poppins, revised edition, chapter 1,
      "...Now I must be off. Whew, it's as cold as the North Pole. Which way is the wind blowing?"

Synonyms[edit]

  • (expressing relief of tension): fyew, phew, (chiefly UK) lumme
  • (expressing surprise): wow

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Verb[edit]

whew (third-person singular simple present whews, present participle whewing, simple past and past participle whewed)

  1. (UK, Scotland, dialect) To whistle with a shrill pipe, like a plover.