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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
1505-1515
1505-15; imitative
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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
whew
exclamation of astonishment, etc., early 15c., a whistling sound, of imitative origin.
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Slang definitions & phrases for whew

whew

interjection

An exclamation of astonishment, relief, incredulity, etc: It faces ABC's not-nearly-so-formidable Ellen. Whew/ ''Woooeee!'' says Dahl in mock terror

[1890+; probably echoic fr the whistling exhalation of a relieved person]


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