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whoa

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verb imperative \ˈwō, ˈhō, ˈhwō\

Definition of whoa

  1. 1 —a command (as to a draft animal) to stand still

  2. 2 :  cease or slow a course of action or a line of thought :  pause to consider or reconsider —often used to express a strong reaction (as alarm or astonishment)



Origin of whoa

Middle English whoo, who


First Known Use: 15th century

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WHOA Defined for Kids

whoa

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verb \ˈwō, ˈhō, ˈhwō\

Definition of whoa

  1. —used as a command to an animal carrying a rider or pulling a load to stop




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