whoa
Ho Ho, Hoa Hoa (h[=o]), interj. [Cf. F. & G. ho.] 1. Halloo! attend! -- a call to excite attention, or to give notice of approach. ``What noise there, ho?'' --Shak. ``Ho! who's within?'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. [Perhaps corrupted fr. hold; but cf. F. hau stop! and E. whoa.] Stop! stand still! hold! -- a word now used by teamsters, but formerly to order the cessation of anything. [Written also {whoa}, and, formerly, {hoo}.] [1913 Webster]

The duke . . . pulled out his sword and cried ``Hoo!'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

An herald on a scaffold made an hoo. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]


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  • whoa — [wəu, həu US wou, hou] interjection [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: ho] 1.) used to tell someone to become calmer or to do something more slowly ▪ Whoa! You re driving too fast. 2.) said to show that you are surprised or that you think something is… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Whoa — Whoa, interj. Stop; stand; hold. See {Ho}, 2. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whoa — [ wou, hwou ] interjection 1. ) used for telling a horse to walk more slowly or stop 2. ) INFORMAL used for telling someone to do or say something more slowly …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • whoa — 1620s, a cry to call attention from a distance, a variant of WHO (Cf. who). As a command to stop a horse, it is attested from 1843, a variant of HO (Cf. ho). As an expression of delight or surprise (1980s) it has gradually superseded WOW (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • whoa — (also wo) ► EXCLAMATION ▪ used as a command to a horse to stop or slow down …   English terms dictionary

  • whoa — [hwō, wō, hō] interj. [for HO1] stop: used esp. in directing a horse to stand still …   English World dictionary

  • whoa — [[t](h)wo͟ʊ[/t]] 1) EXCLAM Whoa is a command that you give to a horse to slow down or stop. 2) EXCLAM You can say whoa to someone who is talking to you, to indicate that you think they are talking too fast or assuming things that may not be true …   English dictionary

  • whoa — interjection /wəʊ,ʍəʊ,woʊ,ʍoʊ/ a) stop (especially when commanding a horse or imitative thereof); calm down; slow down. Whoa, Nelly! b) An expression of surprise. Whoa, are you serious? …   Wiktionary

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