verb imperative \ˈwō, ˈhō, ˈhwō\

Definition of WHOA

—a command (as to a draft animal) to stand still
:  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

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut

Rhymes with WHOA

WHOA Defined for Kids


verb \ˈwō, ˈhō, ˈhwō\

Definition of WHOA for Kids

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


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