Etymology 1 edit
In imitation of a cry. Used since at least the 18th century.
- (onomatopoeia) Expressing annoyance, dismay, embarrassment or frustration.
- Argh! Itʼs already 7:15! Weʼre never gonna make it!
Usage notes edit
Any of the letters may be reduplicated, (apart from the "g" in most books) e.g. Arrggh!, Aaaarrrggghhh!, Aarrghh!
See also edit
Etymology 2 edit
From Middle English argh, from Old English earg (“inert; weak; timid; cowardly”), from Proto-West Germanic *arg, from Proto-Germanic *argaz. Cognate with Scots ergh, argh, arch, erf (“timid; reluctant; unwilling”). Doublet of eerie.
Middle English edit
Alternative forms edit
- afraid, scared, courageless
- scared, fearful, worried
- base, wretched, lowly; worthy of contempt or ostracism.
- slothful, unwilling, tired; lacking in energy or motivation.
- Lacking in power or strength.
Related terms edit
- amazedly; with a feeling of wonder.