\ ˈärf, ˈärḵ \

Definition of argh

 (Entry 1 of 2)

dialectal, England
\ ˈärg How to pronounce argh (audio) \
variants: or aargh or aaargh

Definition of argh (Entry 2 of 2)

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 2009I'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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First Known Use of argh


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


1800, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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