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Definition of ooh

 (Entry 1 of 3)

used to express amazement, joy, or surprise


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


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 aahWe 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 Everyone oohed and aahed from a respectful distance. Los Angeles Times, "Even as stay-at-home orders ease, protesters say it’s not enough," 10 May 2020 One big part of a baby shower is opening gifts (and ooh-ing and ahh-ing over all those tiny clothes). Brie Dyas, Country Living, "Fun Ideas for a Virtual Baby Shower," 6 Apr. 2020 And when Scout Finch, one of the play’s central narrators, called out the man behind a white Ku Klux Klan hood, the crowd oohed as if their team had stolen back the ball. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, "‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Meets an Arena Full of Students," 26 Feb. 2020 Competitors trotted down a green carpet while spectators oohed and aahed and the judges jotted notes onto their score sheets. Travis Deshong, Washington Post, "In Washington, Omarosa is called as a witness . . . to judge the cuteness of dogs," 8 Oct. 2019 Error 0: At The Patio, hundreds of fans oohed and ahhed as the Titans and Chiefs wrangled up and down the field. St. John Barned-smith, Houston Chronicle, "Roller-coaster game takes Texans fans on a wild ride," 12 Jan. 2020 Watching coho salmon jump through the Inkwells is like watching a Fourth of July fireworks show: At each jump, people ooh and aah at the electrifying sight. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Salmon jumping spectacle in Marin draws thousands of viewers," 10 Dec. 2019 Inside, oblivious tourists from across Japan oohed and aahed as dolphins performed tricks for fish to cheesy rock music, and children lined up to stroke them. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "At Japan’s dolphin hunt, a struggle between local traditions and global anger.," 14 Oct. 2019 Partygoers oohed, aahed and hash-tagged away — as the iPhone generation does — until the dinner bell sounded. Amber Elliot, Houston Chronicle, "Tony's hosts 10-course dinner fête for Houston 'It' girls, foodies and social media stars," 3 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of ooh


1604, in the meaning defined above


1951, in the meaning defined above


1602, in the meaning defined above

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“Ooh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ooh. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ooh

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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

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

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