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See also: Huh and hūh

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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Attested from circa 1600.

PronunciationEdit

InterjectionEdit

huh

  1. (with falling pitch) used to express amusement or subtle surprise.
    Huh! I'm sure I locked it when I left.
  2. Used to express doubt or confusion.
    Huh? Where did they go?
  3. (with rising pitch) Used to reinforce a question.
    Where were you last night? Huh?
  4. (slang, with falling pitch) Used either to belittle the issuer of a statement/question, or sarcastically to indicate utter agreement, and that the statement being responded to is an extreme understatement. The intonation is changed to distinguish between the two meanings - implied dullness for belittlement, and feigned surprise for utter agreement.
    (belittlement) A:"We should go to an amusement park, it would be fun." B:"Huh."
    (agreement) A:"Murder is bad." B:"Huh!"
  5. (informal, with rising pitch) Used to indicate that one did not hear what was said.
    Huh? Could you speak up?
  6. (informal, with falling pitch) Used to create a tag question.
    It's getting kind of late, huh?

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Central FranconianEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old High German hōh, from Proto-Germanic *hauhaz.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

huh (masculine huhe, feminine huh, comparative hüher or hühter or hieher, superlative et' hühste or hüchste or hühtste or hiehtste)

  1. (Ripuarian, eastern Moselle Franconian) high; tall

Usage notesEdit

  • The comparation forms with -ü- are Ripuarian, those with -ie- are Moselle Franconian.

FinnishEdit

PronunciationEdit

InterjectionEdit

huh

  1. phew (used to show relief, fatigue, or surprise)