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[woh] /woʊ/ Archaic.
noun, plural wos, interjection
woe. Unabridged
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  • Don't you think if you wos to tell him that Gascoyne is yer father he would side with us?

  • And which it is to be took into account that if it wos, it wouldn't, even then, be all o' one side.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • I'll bet any man a week's grog that they wos bought cheap in a dockyard sale o' rotten grub, by order o' the Admiralty.

  • But there wos a brat all rags and dirty face and sauce as I was when you saw me fust.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • I hope you do be well off now, and don't be living so gay as you wos.'

    Gladys, the Reaper Anne Beale
  • However, as Mr. Weller says: “It wos to be, and—it wos,” or we should have had no story and no laugh.

    Pickwickian Studies Percy Fitzgerald
  • wos it Nature give Mudford his millions, and three bob a day to poor me?

  • “Well, we wos,” replied Tim, with a faint touch of sarcasm in his tone.

    The Red Eric R.M. Ballantyne
  • Maxwell and 'im wos old friends accordin' to their talk, but Morgan wos a new pal, and it wos 'im as tackled Louis at billiards.

    The Betrayal of John Fordham B.L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • They wos sewed up in a chest-pertecter an' I kep' them just for spite!

British Dictionary definitions for wos


noun (pl) wos
an archaic spelling of woe


War Office
Warrant Officer
wireless operator
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Related Abbreviations for wos




warrant officer
who (shortwave transmission)
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