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Definition of aw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

used to express mild disappointment, gentle entreaty, or real or mock sympathy or sentiment

Definition of AW (Entry 2 of 2)

1 actual weight
2 aircraft warning
3 articles of war
4 automatic weapon

Examples of aw in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Interjection

Aw, jeez. If Matt Stone and Trey Parker can’t find something to laugh about in Donald Trump’s presidency, what hope is there for the rest of us? Laura Bradley, vanityfair.com, "Even South Park “Can’t Keep Up” with Donald Trump," 3 Feb. 2017 Aw-shucks Jerry Kill even vowed never to step foot into TCF Bank Stadium again because his close friend was purged in a cultural housecleaning. Brian Murphy, Twin Cities, "Brian Murphy: Gophers AD Mark Coyle emerges from the mess," 6 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of aw


1797, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of aw

US + Scotland, informal used to express mild disappointment or sympathy

Medical Definition of A&W

alive and well

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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