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used to express amazement, joy, or surprise


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oohed; oohing; oohs

intransitive verb

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


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plural oohs
: 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 Kozinski
He 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

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If your Valentine is the type to ooh and ahh over historical documents, History by Mail offers them a monthly delivery of a new document replicated by a graphic designer. Buy Side Staff, wsj.com, 10 Jan. 2024 At the bridal shop, were Noles, Swarts, Nist’s daughter and daughter-in-law and Turner’s daughters were on hand to ooh and aww. The Indianapolis Star, 5 Jan. 2024 Get some ooh lah lah on your table with French Onion Pasta, Multicooker French Onion Soup, or French Onion Beef Short Ribs. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Nov. 2023 That track is kind of tongue in cheek: ooh, look, Blade Runner on top of jazz score! Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, Pitchfork, 16 Nov. 2023 The public can enter for free after that to ooh and aah over the trees and wreaths, get a photo with Santa, and do holiday crafts. Brandee Gruener, Southern Living, 22 Nov. 2023 All accompany the contortionist, trapeze and tightrope circus classics that spectators young and old have come to ooh and aah at. Rachel Sherman, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2023 Another fun activity: Stay on the couch and ooh and aah over the photos on her Instagram page. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 1 Aug. 2023 If that feeling describes you right now, Netflix has a new movie that will totally strike your fancy (while also providing some super beautiful scenic shots for you to ooh and aah over). Olivia Evans, Women's Health, 31 July 2023
Pops was even there when the teenager who was technically his grandson took his official visit to UCLA, oohing and aahing at every Bruins legend adorning the walls. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 6 Feb. 2024 His family poured into the bright, clean space, oohing and ahhing at the three-bedroom, single-wide trailer. Anumita Kaur, Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2023 And not just the people in the room, though there was a lot of air-kissing and oohing about outfits going on over the chicken potpies. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 7 Nov. 2023 The crowd gathered to watch, oohing and aahing at the glowing barrel as it was lifted up. Hadley Green, Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2023 As the curtains drew, audience members were surprised by a special pre-recorded greeting from Anna Wintour welcoming the Vogue Club community to enjoy the upcoming live stream, as guests oohed and ahhed along with each surprise the evening's performance offered. Vogue, 15 Sep. 2023 Any guests will ooh and aah over their striking color and sophisticated stoneware construction. Grace Smith, Southern Living, 2 Aug. 2023 So many of us remember sitting somewhere on a blanket oohing and aahing over awesome light shows bursting overhead. Mary Jo Dilonardo, Treehugger, 28 June 2023 At the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, the crowd oohed, aahed and laughed watching Fosbury compete. Alex Traub, New York Times, 13 Mar. 2023
The crowd ooh-ed and ahh-ed as athletes leapt from the tower’s many platforms in a performance to cap off the ceremony, including cliff diver Ellie Smith, Olympians Louganis and Sam Dorman, and children beginning their foray into the sport. Shira Moolten, Sun Sentinel, 28 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1604, in the meaning defined above


1951, in the meaning defined above


1602, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ooh was in 1602

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“Ooh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ooh. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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