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whew

Class:

interjection | exclamation | noun

Etymology:

exclamation of astonishment, and so on..., a whistling sound, of imitative ...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

whew

an exclamation or sharply exhaled breath expressing relief, surprise, delight, etc (11 of 268 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/whew

Merriam-Webster:

whew

a whistling sound or a sound like a half-formed whistle uttered as an exclamation [used interjectionally chiefly to express amazement, discomfort, or ... (22 of 67 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/whew

Wiktionary:

whew | whewed [past tense] | whewing [present participle] | whews [3rd-person singular present] | fyew [synonym, sense-specific] | phew [synonym, sense-specific] | (chiefly UK) lumme [synonym, sense-specific] | wow [synonym, sense-specific]

An expressive sound made indicating the release of one's inner tension; the release of breath; an expression of relief. | An expression of amazement or surprise. | [British, Scottish, dialect] To whistle with a shrill pipe, like a plover. (37 of 59 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/whew

Macmillan British Dictionary:

whew

a way of writing the sound that you make when you are uncomfortable or surprised, or when you feel happy that something has finished. This sound is ... (27 of 58 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/whew

Oxford Dictionary:

whew

used to express surprise, relief, or a feeling of being very hot or tired (14 of 51 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/whew

New World Dictionary:

whew

used to express variously relief, surprise, dismay, or disgust: an exclamation or a sharp breathing sound (16 of 21 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/whew

Random House Dictionary:

whew

(a whistling exclamation or sound expressing astonishment, dismay, relief, etc.) | an utterance of "whew." (14 of 20 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/whew

American Heritage Dictionary:

whew

Used to express strong emotion, such as relief or amazement. (10 of 14 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/whew

Encarta Dictionary:

whew

used to express great relief, surprise, or discomfort (8 of 22 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861712656​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

whew

First use: early 15th century

Origin: exclamation of astonishment, and so on..., a whistling sound, of imitative origin.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=whew

Oxford Dictionary:

whew

Origin: late Middle English: imitative; compare with "phew"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/whew

Merriam-Webster:

whew

First use: 1513

Origin: imitative

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/whew

New World Dictionary:

Encarta Dictionary:

whew

First use: 15th century

Origin: Natural exclamation

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861712656​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

whew | whewed [past tense] | whewing [present participle] | whews [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "whew"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/whew

Collins Dictionary:

whew

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "whew"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/whew

Macmillan American Dictionary:

whew

Audio 1: North American pronunciation of "whew"

Audio 2: North American pronunciation of "whew"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/whew

Macmillan British Dictionary:

whew

Audio: British English pronunciation of "whew"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/whew

the Free Dictionary:

whew

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "whew"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "whew" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/whew

Google Dictionary:

whew

Audio: English pronunciation of "whew"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=whew

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

whew

Audio: North American pronunciation of "whew"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=whew​0001 word=whew

whew

Audio: North American pronunciation of "whew"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=whew​0002 word=whew

YourDictionary Audio:

whew

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "whew" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/whew

freedictionary.org:

whew

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "whew" by speech synthesizer

freedictionary​.org​/ Query=whew

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