\ ˈä How to pronounce aah (audio) , often prolonged and/or followed by ə \
variants: or less commonly
aahed also ahed; aahing also ahing; aahs also ahs

Definition of aah

intransitive verb

: to exclaim in amazement, joy, or surprise oohing and aahing at the fireworks

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Other Words from aah

aah or less commonly ah noun

Examples of aah in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This awards season, from the Golden Globes to the Grammys, there was a particularly high volume of oohing and aahing from stargazers because many celebs have decided to go sheer this year, and the trend is trickling down to the public, too. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Return of the naked dress: Sheer fashion is back on red carpets, runways and retail," 28 Feb. 2020 Competitors trotted down a green carpet while spectators oohed and aahed and the judges jotted notes onto their score sheets. Travis Deshong, Washington Post, "In Washington, Omarosa is called as a witness . . . to judge the cuteness of dogs," 8 Oct. 2019 Watching coho salmon jump through the Inkwells is like watching a Fourth of July fireworks show: At each jump, people ooh and aah at the electrifying sight. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Salmon jumping spectacle in Marin draws thousands of viewers," 10 Dec. 2019 Inside, oblivious tourists from across Japan oohed and aahed as dolphins performed tricks for fish to cheesy rock music, and children lined up to stroke them. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "At Japan’s dolphin hunt, a struggle between local traditions and global anger.," 14 Oct. 2019 Partygoers oohed, aahed and hash-tagged away — as the iPhone generation does — until the dinner bell sounded. Amber Elliot, Houston Chronicle, "Tony's hosts 10-course dinner fête for Houston 'It' girls, foodies and social media stars," 3 Nov. 2019 Later, as another dancer in a leather bustier and thigh-high boots landed on the floor in a split, a number of women oohed and aahed, and made their way to the seats surrounding the stage to throw bills her way. New York Times, "Strippers Are Doing It for Themselves," 24 July 2019 Since 2001, San Diegans have oohed and aahed at the colorful, majestic rounds of illuminations launched from four barges strategically place around San Diego Bay. San Diego Union-Tribune, "42 ways to celebrate July 4 in San Diego County with fireworks and parades," 27 June 2019 Parents oohed and aahed as Jody Worth, the upper school director, ushered them through the campus. Emmanuel Felton, NBC News, "'It's like a black and white thing': How some elite charter schools exclude minorities," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of aah

1843, in the meaning defined above

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“Aah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aah. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of aah

informal : to express amazement, joy, or surprise

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