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Definition of ah

 (Entry 1 of 3)

used to express delight, relief, regret, or contempt Ah, finished at last!



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intransitive verb

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

Definition of AH (Entry 3 of 3)

1 ampere-hour
2 anno hegirae
3 arts and humanities

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Synonyms for ah

Synonyms: Interjection

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Examples of ah in a Sentence

Interjection ah—so that's the way it is!
Recent Examples on the Web: Interjection Add it to your laundry, ah, reading list for spring. Washington Post, "What to read in 2021 based on what you loved in 2020," 28 Dec. 2020 There weren’t many ooh-ah moments in this non-padded practice, but linebacker B.J. Goodson had one of them, picking off a Baker Mayfield on a pass intended for Austin Hooper. cleveland, "What happened at Browns training camp Aug. 22: Myles Garrett and Nick Chubb in team drills; Kevin Johnson released from the hospital," 22 Aug. 2020 The next weekend we got dragged on an impromptu night out with friends and several vodkas later, everyone in our party ended up kissing one another in the smoking area — ah, the heady days of pre-pandemic life. Sam Wilkinson, refinery29.com, "I Identified As A Gay Man, Then I Fell In Love With My Female Roommate In Lockdown," 19 Nov. 2020 But to understand what causes the queues … ah, well, that fault lies along other lines. Adam Rogers, Wired, "Why Are Lines at Polling Places So Long? Math," 30 Oct. 2020 There are good messages here, even inspiring ones (ah, a press secretary who doesn’t lie all the time). Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "How 'The West Wing' reunion on HBO Max both preaches to the choir and trolls Donald Trump," 15 Oct. 2020 But, ah, among the living: Crickets at noon and humans hooting with an owl, looking for a gopher or at the light around the Moon: Pink crust of flares like fire mountains, like sleep to rub from the Cyclops’s eye before his hot day at the forge. Christopher Cokinos, Scientific American, "Poem: We Need the Sky," 1 Mar. 2020 But Dolce -- ah, Dolce -- has held onto my heart ever since being adopted by Christine and Don Beisert. Leslie Barker, Dallas News, "Life is Dolce: Lessons from a Frisco family’s beloved greyhound," 7 July 2020 In track pants and Kappa crop top, Vanije was appropriately sporty, rounding out the team with zig a zig ah. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Chloe and Halle Channel the Spice Girls for the GLAAD Awards," 31 July 2020

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First Known Use of ah


1509, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ah


Middle English

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8 Jan 2021

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“Ah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ah. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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used to express pleasure, relief, etc.

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