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Definition of ah

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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



less common spelling of

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

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 Aerosmith started whatever day Steven walked in the door, says Joe Perry, his Boston accent flattening those r’s into ah’s. Sarah Grant, SPIN, 31 Mar. 2022 Growing in the bark is a welcome but unidentified succulent and ah unwelcome, annoying grass (the reason for weeding). oregonlive, 26 Mar. 2022 The different clips stitched together show the model in a pink velvet bathing suit (ah, a true sign of an L.A. winter) with frosty pink eye makeup and matching pink butterfly clips pulling her hair back from her face. Addison Aloian, Allure, 3 Mar. 2022 Let passing motorists ooh and ah over this giant inflatable version of your most base, primal desires! Johanna Gohmann, The New Yorker, 23 Dec. 2021 The film, which centers on a band of survivors trying to outlast a zombie outbreak (ah, that old chestnut!), was a rather modest affair. Brent Lang, Variety, 26 Nov. 2021 This two-part device combines a traditional spiral corkscrew with a dual-pronged ah-so cork remover. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2021 The Scholastic successor grapples with her new ownership, First Lady Jill Biden visits a church important to her faith, and boards of directors have an ah-ha moment. Fortune, 19 Oct. 2021 Acequias – pronounced ah-SEEK-ee-yas – were developed over thousands of years in the Middle East and North Africa. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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14 Apr 2022

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“Ah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ah. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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