\ˈü \

Definition of ooh 

(Entry 1 of 3)

used to express amazement, joy, or surprise

ooh

verb
oohed; oohing; oohs

Definition of ooh (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to exclaim in amazement, joy, or surprise oohing and aahing over the new automobiles

ooh

noun
plural oohs

Definition of ooh (Entry 3 of 3)

: an utterance of the interjection ooh The room erupted in oohs and cheers.— William Zinsser often used with aah We are treated to a minute description of the improvements in Millhone's apartment, along with her oohs and aahs of pleasure and gratitude.— Alex KozinskiHe could hear the oohs and aahs rising from the street as he made the cable jerk and spin.— E. L. Doctorow

Examples of ooh in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Interjection

The DNA test works by analyzing the makeup of your chromosomes (cue: ooh, aaah). Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "This Travel Agency Uses DNA Testing To Create Your Perfect Trip," 13 Feb. 2017 Brownback, naturally, promised to veto the measure because ooh, taxes bad! Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "If Conservatives Can Regain Sanity in Kansas, There's Hope for the Rest of the Country," 6 June 2017 Videos will accompany the costumes, so visitors can see how costumes appeared onstage and on-screen, and also ooh over the A-list actors who wore them, Carlano said. Cristina Bolling, charlotteobserver, "Peek into the richest closets in Charlotte – in an art museum.," 29 Apr. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Parents oohed and aahed as Jody Worth, the upper school director, ushered them through the campus. Emmanuel Felton, NBC News, "'It's like a black and white thing': How some elite charter schools exclude minorities," 17 June 2018 On Thursday, families waiting for flights oohed and aahed at the vast marble floors and glass walls and took selfies in a landscaped picnic park. Washington Post, "In glistening new airport, Pakistan sees ticket to reviving the country’s prestige," 4 May 2018 Everyone at Wrigley Field immediately glanced at the video boards after each Aroldis Chapman pitch in 2016, oohing and aahing at the triple-digit numbers. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Now that White Sox have sent Michael Kopech down, when will he be back up?," 20 Mar. 2018 Yet in the heart of the Broadway theater district, just around the corner from where the famous ball drops every New Year's Eve, visitors are oohing and aahing at a massive whale, vicious squid, playful sea lions, and other marine life. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Go on an Ocean Odyssey in Times Square with National Geographic," 31 Jan. 2018 Last May, a crowd of tourists oohed and awed as a sea lion swam near Steveston Fisherman's Wharf near Vancouver, British Columbia – until the animal lurched, snagged a little girl by the hem of her flower-print dress and pulled her into the water. Author: Jason Bittel, Anchorage Daily News, "Sea lions have made a magnificent comeback, and they want their beaches back," 20 Feb. 2018 Everyone oohed and aahed and cleared the way for them as if in the presence of true royalty. Kate Storey, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Jackie Kennedy Ended Up Marrying Her Sister's Former Flame," 31 Jan. 2018 Everyone was oohing and aahing at this beautiful creature. Katey Rich, HWD, "How The Shape of Water’s Aquatic Beast Got So Sexy," 15 Dec. 2017 Even Eichorn, who should be entirely too jaded by now to fully appreciate the aerial antics of a tarpon, would ooh and aah with each leap. Todd Masson, NOLA.com, "Hot tarpon fishing like a religious experience for Louisiana anglers," 17 Aug. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ooh.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of ooh

Interjection

1604, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1951, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1602, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about ooh

Dictionary Entries near ooh

oogeny

ooglea

oogonium

ooh

ooid

ook

ookinesis

Statistics for ooh

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for ooh

The first known use of ooh was in 1602

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for ooh

English Language Learners Definition of ooh

 (Entry 1 of 2)

—used to express pleasure, surprise, or both pleasure and surprise

ooh

verb

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

: to express pleasure, surprise, or both pleasure and surprise

More from Merriam-Webster on ooh

See words that rhyme with ooh

Comments on ooh

What made you want to look up ooh? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a private place of worship

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!