Whew
Whew Whew (hw[=u]), n. & interj. A sound like a half-formed whistle, expressing astonishment, scorn, or dislike. [1913 Webster]

{Whew duck}, the European widgeon. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]


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  • whew — whew; whew·ell·ite; whew·er; …   English syllables

  • Whew — Whew, v. i. To whistle with a shrill pipe, like a plover. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whew — [hju:] interjection [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: Natural sound] used when you are surprised, very hot, or feeling glad that something bad did not happen = ↑phew ▪ Whew, it was hot …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • whew — [ fju, hju ] interjection a way of writing the sound you make when you are uncomfortable or surprised, or when you feel happy that something has finished. This sound is sometimes written as Phew: Whew, I m glad he s gone! …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • whew — exclamation of astonishment, etc., early 15c., a whistling sound, of imitative origin …   Etymology dictionary

  • whew — [hwyo͞o, hyo͞o] interj. [echoic] used to express variously relief, surprise, dismay, or disgust: an exclamation or a sharp breathing sound …   English World dictionary

  • Whew! — infobox television show name = Whew! caption = format = Game show runtime = Approx. 25 minutes (with commercials) creator = Jay Wolpert starring = Tom Kennedy country = USA network = CBS, 1979 1980 first aired = April 23, 1979 last aired = May 30 …   Wikipedia

  • whew — EXCLAM (feelings) Whew is used in writing to represent a sound that you make when you breathe out quickly, for example because you are very hot, very relieved, or very surprised. Whew, he said. It s hot. ... You were just in time. Whew! What a… …   English dictionary

  • whew — interjection /ʍĭ̥ŭ̥/ a) An expressive sound made indicating the release of ones inner tension; the release of breath; an expression of relief. (from strenuous labour) Whew! That box weighs a ton! b) An expression of amazement or surprise …   Wiktionary

  • whew — noun Etymology: imitative Date: 1513 a whistling sound or a sound like a half formed whistle uttered as an exclamation < gave a long whew when he realized the size of the job > used interjectionally chiefly to express amazement, discomfort, or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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