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Definition of oh

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 used to express an emotion (such as surprise or desire) or in response to physical stimuliOh, no! I forgot my key.Oh, don't stop!
2 used in direct addressoh, waiter! Will you come here, please?
3 used to express acknowledgment or understanding of a statementOh, yes. It's one of my favorite cities.
4 used to introduce an example or approximationTheir house is about, oh, I'd say four miles from here.


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Definition of oh (Entry 2 of 3)

Definition of OH (Entry 3 of 3)


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Synonyms for oh

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of oh in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Interjection And, oh, the 3 in 1 stand's tamales, my favorite in Indianapolis. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "The best thing to eat at every major farmers market around Indianapolis," 30 Aug. 2017 But, oh, that Super Bowl meltdown is not something a team, players or city get past easily. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "See who’s No. 1 and where Dolphins land in our annual NFL Team Rankings," 30 Aug. 2017 Butler posted this photo to Instagram on Wednesday, and oh my, the dude is jacked now. Andrew Joseph, USA TODAY, "Jimmy Butler's workout photo amazes NBA fans," 30 Aug. 2017 Claire Kevorkian added six kills and five blocks, while Hailey Belcher chipped in 24 assists, Elizabeth Gannon tallied 14 digs and Erica Oh contributed five aces. Staff Reports, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Sports Roundup: La Cañada girls’ volleyball jumps above .500," 29 Aug. 2017 Uh oh, another Big Sky non-conference game for Washington State. OregonLive.com, "Oregon Ducks launch the Willie Taggart era; Oregon State looks for answers: Issues & Answers," 29 Aug. 2017 Think of it like a garden party full of cars, and oh my what cars there were. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Monterey Car Week is like Comic Con and the Oscars but with wheels," 24 Aug. 2017 Read More: Saudi Arabia’s Loosening Up Leaves Some Clinging to Tradition The short clip showed a young boy, dressed in shorts and a striped t-shirt, with headphones on, dancing oh a zebra crossing as traffic stopped at a red light. Nour Al Ali, Bloomberg.com, "Saudi Police Detain 14-Year-Old After Viral Macarena Video," 23 Aug. 2017 Oh, the president disbanded the business councils altogether. Robert Strand, Fortune, "How CEOs Decided Trump Is a Bad Investment," 16 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of oh


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1936, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oh


Middle English o


o; from the similarity of the symbol for zero (0) to the letter O

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The first known use of oh was in the 13th century

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“Oh.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oh. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of oh

 (Entry 1 of 2)

used to express surprise, happiness, disappointment, or sadness
used in response to a physical sensation (such as pain)
used to address someone directly


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English Language Learners Definition of oh (Entry 2 of 2)

US used to show the way the number 0 is often pronounced
variants: also O \ ō , ˈō \

Kids Definition of oh

1 used to express an emotion (as surprise or pain)Oh, why did I ever come here?
2 used in direct addressOh, children, stop that noise!

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