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whew

noun \often read as ˈhwü, ˈwü, ˈhyü; the interj is a whistle concluded with a voiceless ü\

Definition of WHEW

:  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 relief

Origin of WHEW

imitative
First Known Use: 1513
WHEW Defined for Kids

whew

noun \often read as ˈhwü, ˈwü, ˈhyü\

Definition of WHEW for Kids

:  a sound almost like a whistle made as an exclamation chiefly to show amazement, discomfort, or relief <… “Whew, it sure is good to be home,” … — Christopher Paul Curtis, The Watsons>

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