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EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English o, oo, oa (oh).

InterjectionEdit

oh

  1. Expression of surprise.
    Oh! I didn't see you there.
  2. Expression of wonder, amazement, or awe.
    Oh, wow! That's amazing.
  3. Expression of understanding, affirmation, recognition, or realization.
    Oh, so that's how it works.
  4. A word to precede an offhand or annoyed remark.
    Oh, leave me alone.
  5. A word to precede an added comment or afterthought.
    Oh, and don't forget your coat.
  6. An invocation or address (similar to the vocative in languages with noun declension), often with a term of endearment.
    Oh, gosh
    • 1998, Max Martin, ...Baby One More Time (song performed by Britney Spears)
      Oh baby, baby, how was I supposed to know / That something wasn't right here?
  7. Exclamation for drama or emphasis (often poetic).
    Oh, when will it end?
    • Sir Walter Raleigh
      Oh, by what plots, by what forswearings, betrayings, oppressions, imprisonments, tortures, poisonings, and under what reasons of state and politic subtilty, have these forenamed kings [] pulled the vengeance of God upon themselves []
  8. Expression of pain. See ouch.
    Oh! That hurt.
    • 1749, [John Cleland], Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], London: Printed [by Thomas Parker] for G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] [], OCLC 731622352:
      "Oh! . . . oh! . . . I can't bear it . . . It is too much . . . I die . . . I am going . . ." were Polly's expressions of extasy
  9. Space filler or extra syllable, especially in (popular) music.
    • 1968, MacKinlay Kantor, Beauty Beast
      I'm off with the raggle-taggle gypsy-oh.
  10. (interrogative) Expression of mild scepticism.
    "You should watch where you're going!" "Oh?"
Alternative formsEdit

Particularly in the context of Internet conversations, "oh" is sometimes written with additional Os or Hs - for example, ohhh. See also ooh.

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NounEdit

oh (plural ohs)

  1. An utterance of oh; a spoken expression of surprise, acknowledgement, etc.
    • Seabert Parsons, The Lost Codex of Palenque (page 240)
      There were ohs and ahs, and the people twisted about as they looked for her. Then they began to applaud.

VerbEdit

oh (third-person singular simple present ohs, present participle ohing, simple past and past participle ohed)

  1. (intransitive) To utter the interjection oh; to express surprise, etc.
    • 1852, Merry's museum and Parley's magazine (volumes 23-24, page 46)
      A quarter of an hour elapsed, and then, after several rings at the door-bell, a smothered laugh, and a good deal of ohing and ahing, the door was thrown open, and one by one, as they were announced, in came the expected characters.

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English o, oo, from Old English ō, from Latin ō.

NounEdit

oh (plural ohs)

  1. the letter O, o (more commonly spelled o)
    • Ben Bova (2006) Titan, p. 33
      One genuine recycled local glass of aitch-two-oh

Etymology 3Edit

From English o (zero), ultimately of Arabic origin.

NounEdit

oh (plural ohs)

  1. the digit 0 (especially in representations of speech)
    • My telephone number is four-double-three-two-oh-nine.
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BahnarEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Bahnaric *ʔɔh.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

oh

  1. younger sibling

DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

InterjectionEdit

oh

  1. oh

FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

InterjectionEdit

oh

  1. oh

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GermanEdit

PronunciationEdit

InterjectionEdit

oh

  1. oh

HungarianEdit

InterjectionEdit

oh

  1. oh!

Min NanEdit

For pronunciation and definitions of oh – see (“evil; wicked; bad; foul; ill; fierce; hostile; etc.”).
(This character, oh, is the Pe̍h-ōe-jī form of .)

PohnpeianEdit

ConjunctionEdit

oh

  1. and

PortugueseEdit

InterjectionEdit

oh

  1. Alternative form of ó

SpanishEdit

PronunciationEdit

InterjectionEdit

oh

  1. oh (expression of awe, surprise, pain or realization)

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