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


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actual weight
aircraft warning
articles of war
automatic weapon

Examples of aw in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Those two characters served as the yin and yang for the early MCU — Stark the brash, rakish genius; Cap the stalwart, aw shucks warrior — that became the franchise’s gravitational center. Adam B. Vary, Variety, 15 Feb. 2024 From 10 years ago to now, aw man, Drai’s is a big reason. Marlow Stern, Rolling Stone, 6 Nov. 2023 In the first version of the film, Barbie was kicked out of Barbieland for not being perfect enough and only returns to save it once she’s figured out that perfect is being yourself (aw!). Vulture, 10 June 2023 That’s what’s got everybody’s eyes rolling, her aw shucks/ohmygod! Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 7 July 2023 Enforcement won’t begin until at least 30 days after aw becomes official. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 June 2023 Pearl was found alone in a field next to another pig who had passed aw ... Morgan Sung, NBC News, 11 Jan. 2023 And national sports channels like ESPN aw weighing their own streaming futures. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 July 2022 Cannabis edibles became legal in Canada in October 2019 (aw, remember 2019?). Leah Rumack,, 18 Sep. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use


1797, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aw was in 1797

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“Aw.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


used to express mild sympathy, pleading, disbelief, or disappointment

Medical Definition


alive and well

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