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EtymologyEdit

An onomatopoeia: the sound of rapid exhalation one makes when some trying situation is over. Attested since the early seventeenth century. Compare Scots feuch or Spanish fu or Czech fuj.

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InterjectionEdit

phew

  1. Used to show relief, fatigue, or surprise.
    Phew, that took a long time to define!
  2. Used to show disgust.
    Phew, it stinks in here!

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