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argh

adjective \ˈärf, ˈärḵ\

Definition of argh

dialectal, England

  1. :  timid, cowardly

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Origin and Etymology of argh

Middle English, cowardly, lazy, slow, wretched, from Old English earg; akin to Old Frisian erg evil, bad, Old High German arg, arag cowardly, worthless, stingy, Old Norse argr evil, homosexual, effeminate, Avestan ərəgant- evil, repulsive, Lithuanian aržus sensual, lustful


First Known Use: before 12th century


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argh

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interjection \ˈärg\
variants: or

aargh

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aaargh

Definition of argh

  1. —used typically to express frustration, disappointment, anguish, or pain I was in Hawaii and I flipped on the TV and it was on. I was like, “Argh, I can't get away from it.” — Mariska Hargitay, quoted in Newsweek, 5 Nov. 2007 Aaargh!” said Ron as another twisted limb punched a large dent into his door … — J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 1999 … the dog wants to be walked, the bills need to be paid and 346 emails have to be answered. Aaargh! — Eleanor Langston, Self, April 2009 I'm a little more beat up this year … I'll tell you when it feels like it, when you go to bed. When you wake up you go, “Aargh.” — Pedro Martinez, quoted in Daily News (New York), 24 Aug. 2005

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1800

First Known Use of argh

1800


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