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


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less common spelling of aah

intransitive verb

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


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anno hegirae
arts and humanities

Examples of ah in a Sentence

Interjection ah—so that's the way it is!
Recent Examples on the Web
Super Hero grossing $38.1 million domestically and $86.5 million globally in 2022, and a year earlier finding ah it with Jujutsu Kaisen, which brought in $34.5 million domestically and $166.7 million globally. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Apr. 2024 But, ah, young love — even in an apocalyptic world — can shroud one’s judgment. Jessica Wang, EW.com, 7 Mar. 2024 Their attempts to flee or to prevent the demon from entering the world don’t, ah, go well. James Grebey, Vulture, 27 Oct. 2023 Both are fitted with Superior's own side-impact beams, even though no living soul will ride behind these rear doors (the only rider back there is, ah, no longer deeply concerned about injuries). John Phillips, Car and Driver, 26 Aug. 2023 Hudson’s prodigious, ah, talents are confirmed in a unique first-person anecdote. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 28 June 2023 And that would potentially account for her arms being, ah, by her sides. Anne-Marie Green, CBS News, 28 Jan. 2023 As Paul Greenberg used to say, ah, John Deering--what a talent! Arkansas Online, 10 Jan. 2023 Two decades ago, Congress preserved the mountain — called Avi Kwa Ame (ah-VEE-kwah-may) in Mojave — and 33,000 acres around it as wilderness. Dan Michalski, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Nov. 2022

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Word History



Middle English

First Known Use


1509, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ah was in 1509

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“Ah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ah. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


used to express delight, relief, regret, or scorn
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