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whew

[hwyoo] /ʰwyu/
interjection
1.
(a whistling exclamation or sound expressing astonishment, dismay, relief, etc.)
noun
2.
an utterance of “whew.”.
Origin of whew
1505-1515
1505-15; imitative
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  • Tha's done that a gooid en, but yond's th' whew, soa we mun goa an' do another bit for th' maister.

    Yorksher Puddin' John Hartley
  • He stared, slowly shook his head, and then uttered a fervent, "whew!"

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The priest being amazed, he could not tell what to say, but whistled and said whew!

    Folk-lore and legends: English Charles John Tibbits
  • "whew, it's cold," exclaimed Leon slapping his hands together.

  • At that instant old Mr. Valentine came in, newly arrived from the Hill, and “whew”-ing at the cold.

    The Continental Dragoon Robert Neilson Stephens
  • He wore a straw hat, and boots of the ordinary colour, and — whew!

    Tom, Dick and Harry Talbot Baines Reed
  • Mr. Wedgwood remarks that such sounds are written down as whew, and they serve as interjections for surprise.

British Dictionary definitions for whew

whew

/hwjuː/
interjection
1.
an exclamation or sharply exhaled breath expressing relief, surprise, delight, etc
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Word Origin and History for whew

exclamation of astonishment, etc., early 15c., a whistling sound, of imitative origin.

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Slang definitions & phrases for whew
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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